THE INDORE Municipal Corporation (IMC) bosses seem to have taken pep talks about not being limited by scant resources a bit too seriously.
The Corporation, which is hard pressed to supply residents with clean drinking water at the best of times, has mapped out a proposal to supply piped water for a fish tank to come up adjacent to the Kamla Nehru zoo.
Aimed at housing dolphins, the tank, which Mayor Uma Shashi Sharma has promised to bring to the City, will nestle among a food zone, children’s playground and a suspension bridge. The entire lot is to be developed on a vacant two-acre tract adjoining the zoo on, you guessed it, a build-operate-transfer (B-O-T) basis.
“The playground set among the large greens will boast swings and modern rides and will become a place of choice for kids when complete”, declared Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma. The IMC administration has invited expressions of interest (EOI) from contractors for building the tank and playground entry for which will be ticketed with gate fees expected to range between Rs 10-20. A similar offer has been extended for a multi-storeyed parking to come up near the Indore Press Club to cater to visitors to MG Road, MTH Compound, Kothari Market and Siyaganj.
“As there is insufficient parking space in these areas people station their vehicles at the district court, Divisional Commissioner’s office and Gandhi Hall premises greatly inconveniencing visitors to these establishments”, pointed out Commissioner Vinod Sharma.
The multi-storey parking, he added, will be funded by the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). Queried about how the Corporation would arrange for water supply to the fish tank during summers when water demand peaks the Commissioner declared that it was incumbent upon the IMC, as the commissioning agency, to supply water for the project. “Do you think the contractor will bring his own water”, he inquired sarcastically.
“We will use water from either the Yeshwant Sagar reservoir or Narmada pipelines to fill the tank”, revealed Sharma in response to another query. It may be recalled that Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma recently announced her intention to import a dolphins into the City, a proposal that caused much mirth and invited sarcastic comments from the Opposition Congress.