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Early completion hopes for Narmada project

india Updated: Sep 25, 2006 22:57 IST
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THE THIRD phase of the Narmada project on Sunday raised the  hopes of nearing completion with the Mayor-in-Council (MiC) okaying payment of Rs 18 crore to the MPSEB for setting up power infrastructure.

The council, however, sent back for renegotiation the tenders submitted for setting up a 132 KVA sub-station, purchase of 400 mm meters to monitor water supply and the Yeshwant Sagar capacity enhancement project.

The ten-member council also gave the nod to the controversial proposal to erect 220 bus stops on a build-operate-transfer basis for the City Bus service and cleared the construction of a computerised railway reservation centre near Sukhliya overhead tank at Scheme No 74.

The new lease policy also got a look in at the meeting with the MiC endorsing more than fifty cases pertaining to lease transfers. The MiC approved compensation payment amounting to Rs 5.29 lakh to a Patnipura resident whose house was affected.

Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma, Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma and IMC Secretary JC Galar and all MiC members barring Lalit Porwal, were present.

During the meeting the council gave the go-ahead for a proposal to pay Rs 18 crore to the power utility for setting up a 132 KVA high-tension line for the Narmada project. The MiC, however, declared that rates quoted in tenders submitted for other Narmada project packages including construction of a 132 KVA sub-station and supply of bulk metres was too high and demanded that these be sent back to the Negotiations Committee for a rethink.

In a move expected to make Porwal happy, mayoral council members gave their nod for the construction of 220 City Bus stops. The MiC member in-charge of Public Works had advocated the construction of the bus stops by IMC rather than ICTSL-the holding company for the City Bus service-leading to allegations of kickbacks from the contractor assigned the job.

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