SITTING ON the tenders of Narmada Water Supply Scheme for Bhopal for the past five months, the State Government has now formed two committees for providing different approvals to the tenders and monitoring the implementation of the project. The Chief Secretary heads one of these committees.
The present BJP government had promised to bring Narmada water to Bhopal within three years in its first Cabinet meeting in December 2003. The foundation stone for the scheme was laid in April 2005.
The tender for the scheme is awaiting approval of the State Government since July this year. One of the two committees would be empowered committee headed by the Chief Secretary. Its members include principal secretaries / secretaries of the Public Health Engineering (PHE), Finance Department, Urban Administration Department and Water Resource Department. The engineer-in-chief, PHE would be member-secretary of the committee, which would take decision on the approval of the project.
The other committee was constituted for the technical examination of the tenders. This committee would be headed by principal secretary / secretary of PHE.
The committee members include engineer-in-chief of Water Resource Department, principal secretary/ secretary of the Urban Administration Department, engineer-in-chief of PHE and the Financial Advisor (Engineer in Chief, PHE). Chief Engineer, PHE, Bhopal zone would be member-secretary of this committee, which would forward the tenders to the empowered committee after technical approval.
It is believed that these committees would further delay various approvals. The Bhopal Municipal Corporation officials said that these committees should have been formed earlier so that the necessary approvals could have been given by now. The scheme would cost over Rs 265 crore, which is lowest rate quoted by a construction company.