TAKING HIS party colleagues to task, corporator for ward number 29 Madan Singh Yadav on Sunday demanded that the BJP-majority Council reveal the reasons behind its growing fondness for build-operate-transfer (B-O-T) projects.
Alleging that BOT schemes were being used by certain BJP leaders as a means to bestow largesse on supporters, Yadav charged that the same firm was awarded contracts for 100 bus stops, the MG Road divider and the second instalment of 50 bus stops. “Is this a mere coincidence or a deliberate attempt to oblige a particular contractor,” he demanded to know.
The corporator further queried why the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) was persisting with build-operate-transfer (B-O-T) schemes even though several such projects like the construction of gantries, for instance, had failed to achieve the desired end.
“The gantries serve no utilitarian purpose but have allowed to earn the contractor lakhs of rupees through the sale pf advertising space. Surprisingly, advertisements have been put up even at places where the contractor was specifically forbidden to do so by the contractual agreement.’’
Pointing out that the Corporation used to earn Rs 30 lakh annually from the sites Yadav said the figure would have continued to climb higher over the years. “Why did the Corporation hand over this revenue source to private parties?’’
The corporator also vented his anger at the lackadaisical manner in which the widening of the central verges at MG Road was being carried out.
“Traffic volumes on the Regal Square-Palasia stretch of MG Road are very heavy as it boasts the High Court, shopping malls, banks as well as a petrol pump. There is already a severe shortage of road space.
How can the IMC justify the widening of the dividers, which will shrink the road by another three feet without any survey of traffic conditions either by governmental or private agencies,” he sought to know.
Yadav concluded with a demand for immediate cancellation of all ongoing BOT projects.