MAYOR UMA Shashi Sharma has said that Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) was committed to planting thrice the number of saplings in lieu of trees that would be axed to upgrade 21 City roads. This includes eight roads to be upgraded (Rs 41 crore) as feeder routes under Bus Rapid Transit System.
Talking to reporters here on Friday, she said that IMC would abide by the High Court directive to plant thrice as many saplings. Although failing to pinpoint the number of trees to be felled for 21 roads, she said that the Corporation would seek permission from HC before starting the construction work.
To a query, she said that the Corporation had given contract for computerisation of municipal records to another company named Elbiz for five years after calling back all the data from Oswal Data Processors. The staff would be trained for computerisation in due course of time to make the Corporation self-dependent, she added.
When told that contractors had been crying foul over denial of payment, she said they have been paid Rs 24 crore between April to October while liabilities worth Rs 20 crore remained to be cleared. Mayor-in-Council member in charge of Public Works Department Lalit Porwal informed that IMC would earn revenue of Rs 1 crore from construction of 170 bus stops.
The Mayor said IMC would shortly finalise the bids for the company, which would set up a plant to produce manure from garbage under BOT.
About 15 acres of land would be allocated for the purpose. The other BOT projects include setting up escalator opposite Treasure Island and near the City zoo, 50 gantry girders and 25 modern toilets.