THE INDORE Municipal Corporation (IMC) administration has constituted a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) to implement, monitor and supervise developmental works funded by the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
The 13-member unit, headed by Additional Municipal Commissioner Kumar Purshottam, has also been tasked with designing new projects and carrying out municipal-level reforms mandated by Mission bosses.
The Hindustan Times had first published reports of a special cell, akin to the one set up by ADB, to be constituted for carrying out Mission funded projects on December 8.
Surprisingly, most of the officials included in the Mission PIU are serving deputation terms in the Corporation and there’s a chance the entire exercise might come to naught if the government decides to send outsiders packing.
The PIU, populated chiefly by technical staffers, includes City Engineer (Building Permission) Harbhajan Singh, City Engineer (Waterworks and Drainage) N S Tomar, Executive Engineer Anil Jain, Assistant Engineer Anup Goyal, Assistant Engineer Deepak Ratnavat, sub-engineer H R Pande, sub-engineer Ashok Shivhare, sub-engineer Suresh Sharma, sub-engineer Pradeep Mandloi, sub-engineer S K Junnare, sub-engineer R S Deora and sub-engineer A H Khan.
Accounts Officer Jitendra Singh will look after the books assisted by Kishanlal Wadia with Navin Navlakha acting as the legal advisor.
It may be recalled that a slew of civic infrastructure projects totalling Rs 2475 crore are proposed to be funded by the Mission. These include the Yeshwant Sagar augmentation plan (Rs 23.75 crore), UN HABITAT community-managed water supply scheme, City Sewerage Plan (Rs 307.17 crore), Bus Rapid Transit System (Rs 868 crore), road building projects (Rs 110 crore).