December 3, 2013
Anjaya Anparthi,TNN |
NAGPUR: After lying in cold storage for over five years, there is fresh hope for the proposed flyover on busy Residency Road at Sadar, the railway underbridge (RuB) at Mominpura and a bridge on Nag River at Yashwant stadium. The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) standing committee on Monday passed a proposal to appoint project management consultant to prepare a revised detailed project report (DPR) for these projects.Central government’s nodal agency Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had asked the civic body to submit a revised DPR of Sadar flyover, Mominpura RuB and the Nag River bridge. The projects may be approved under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme if everything goes well this time. The standing committee has approved the proposal to appoint Creations Engineers Private Limited for preparing the revised DPR at the cost of Rs37.07 lakh.
The standing committee also approved the proposal to sanction Rs42,000 for repairing of old Jaripatka RoB. The railways is executing the works and asked for an additional Rs42,000 against P&E charges. Earlier, the original cost was Rs25, 46,178, but it has been increased to Rs25,88,178.
24×7 tax collection
In another significant development, the standing committee also approved a proposal to establish 24×7 tax cash collection system at zone offices.
Standing committee chairman Avinash Thakre said property taxpayers can deposit the tax amount in cash at the system round the clock. “It will be like an ATM machine and generate receipt after payment. Citizens will have to log in with the help of an index number. One machine each will be installed at all 10 zone offices. NMC will spend Rs30 lakh on this project. The system will be installed within a month,” he said.
On the proposal to hike property tax mutation charges, Thakre said directives have been given to take legal advice on the proposal. “Proposed charges are based on slab system. There is confusion whether such system can be introduced. Decision will be taken after receiving the legal advice,” he said.
In another development, the standing committee directed the administration to issue birth and death certificates free of cost to citizens under BPL category. “The proposal to hike charges for rest of the citizens has been kept pending due to absence of concerned official,” Thakre said.
On road works, Thakre said the project cost will go up by 21%. “The NMC revised the common schedule of rates (CSR) by 19% while the contractors quoted 2% and above. However, the good thing is that the dispute between the contractors and administration has been resolved paving way for commencement of asphalting of roads. The standing committee on Monday also approved road works of around Rs7 crore,” he said.
On the stalemate over formation of a committee to expedite the process for the proposed Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Memorial near Yashwant Stadium in Dhantoli, the standing committee said it has recommended that its two members be accommodated on the panel. Former mayor and BJP corporator Maya Iwnate and BSP corporator Kishor Gajbhiye are likely to join the committee after general body’s nod. NMC sources said the proposed project has been stuck since long due to the race among corporators to become member of the committee.