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DDA to float tenders for 3 smart cities

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The Times of India       22.07.2017

DDA to float tenders for 3 smart cities

NEW DELHI: Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will float the tenders for developing three integrated sub-cities in Dwarka, Narela and Rohini next month and the work for Yamuna river front development will start by October 2.

The housing and urban affairs (HUA) ministry set these timeslines for DDA on Friday. It was also decided that all the three sub-cities will have the features of smart cities including round the clock water and electricity supply, 100% treatment of both solid and liquid waste, rainwater harvesting and smart lighting, to name a few. These sub-cities would be developed better than any city developed by private players in the National Capital Region, sources said.

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"DDA will invite bids in the second week of August. The authority has proposed to develop integrated cities with smart features on available vacant lands at Dwarka (200 hectares), Narela (218 hectares) and Rohini (259 hectares)," a HUA ministry official said. He added that the developers will be selected by October. The decisions were taken at a meeting chaired by HUA secretary Durga Shanker Mishra and DDA vice-chairman Uday Pratap Singh besides other senior officials.

DDA has assured the ministry to start Yamuna bank development works over 500 acres along Old Railway Bridge-ITO barrage stretch October 2. It was also decided that the road between Indira Gandhi International Airport and Connaught Place will be developed to global standards by March 2020. Final drawings for this will be approved by December. One of the four alignments proposed by the consultant will be finalised early next month.
 

GHMC to take up repairs in a day

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The Hindu         21.07.2017   

GHMC to take up repairs in a day

This stretch near Nampally Railway Station has commuters fuming.K.V.S. GIRI  

Only reputed firms to be called for pre-bid meeting

With the roads pockmarked with potholes and bitumen layer washed away due to the recent rains all over the twin cities, the government has decided to permit GHMC to take up extensive road repairs within a day of publication of tender notices “for extreme emergency works.”

The decision was taken following the request of GHMC Commissioner B. Janardhan Reddy to the government to reduce the time line for taking up works considering that even a single delay in taking up emergency repairs to the roads or demolishing dilapidated structures would result in much more damage and much inconvenience to citizens.

As per the prevailing norms, the municipal corporation will have to wait for 14 days and another seven days of calling for tenders for issuing work orders and this was preventing the civic body from taking up emergency civic works, especially during the monsoon, he explained.

KTR reviews situation

Earlier in the day, Minister for Municipal Administration K.T. Rama Rao held a meeting the heads of various civic departments, including the HMDA, Hyderabad Road Development Corporation etc., and directed the engineering wings concerned to focus on road works for the next three months.

They were told to convert all the metal roads into cement roads to ensure the thoroughfares are more durable, withstanding the weather vagaries.

The cost for taking up such works should be studied and submitted to the government.

More consultants should be drafted for preparing the detailed project reports for the roads development and only reputed firms are to be called for the proposed pre-bid meeting to be held later this week.

Tenders should also be finalised as soon as possible, a press release said.

360 complaints

Meanwhile, the GHMC has claimed that it had received 360 rain related complaints of which 230 were resolved.

These include those relate to overflow of drains, water logging on roads, tree felling, power supply cut, manholes cover missing etc. About 51 of them were related to water board too.

Complaints were received from Dial 100, GHMC Call Centre 040-2111111, online and mobile applications.

 

Corporation drops move to acquire more land for Pumpwell bus stand project

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The Hindu          21.07.2017 

Corporation drops move to acquire more land for Pumpwell bus stand project

The concept plan of the proposed bus stand at Pumpwell in Mangaluru.  

Project consultant has said that there is no need for land now, says standing committee chairman

An uncertainty over whether to acquire an additional 11.59 acres for the proposed bus stand project at Pumpwell in addition to the 7.23 acres available now appears to have ended for the time being with a decision-making committee of Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) dropping the move.

The Standing Committee for Town Planning and Improvement in its meeting on July 18 decided not to acquire additional land. The council in its meeting on June 30, 2009, had resolved to acquire the additional land in the second phase.

A corporation official said the Land Acquisition Officer had asked the corporation to initially deposit Rs. 19 crore for acquiring the land. The corporation had not deposited the amount as there was no money. Hence, the proposal had come to a standstill.

Chairman of the standing committee, Abdul Rauf, said the project consultant had informed that there was no need for the land now. According to an estimate, about Rs. 40 crore was required to acquire the land, and the civic body did not have it at present.

According to Keshava, councillor, Maroli ward, compensation would have to be given to about 60 persons. He said that as the corporation had “reserved” its decision on acquiring land, property owners were not getting licences from the corporation and the Mangaluru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) for building new houses. They were unable to sell their properties. A clarity was needed on whether the corporation required the additional land or not for the project.

Mr. Rauf said the project design was being prepared taking into account the extent of the land available now (7.23 acre).

Premananda Shetty, BJP councillor, said the committee has taken a hasty decision. Considering the growth of the city, the matter should have been discussed in the council, MLAs and officials. When the project was conceptualised five years ago, it had been discussed to develop the Pumpwell area as a transportation hub. The corporation required land for the visionary project.

 
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