THE INDORE Municipal Corporation (IMC) is mulling over a proposal to set up a special cell to monitor and supervise development works being funded by the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
The cell, along the lines of the Project Implementation Unit of the ADB-financed Urban Water Supply and Environment Improvement Project (UWSEIP), will be populated chiefly by technical staffers and is likely to be headed by City Engineer (Building Permission) Harbhajan Singh.
Highly placed sources revealed that the actual constitution of the cell would be finalised after the expiry of the January 10 deadline set by the High Court for returning officials serving deputation tenures to their parent departments.
Although civic bosses have vaguely hinted at the creation of a PIU for JNNURM-funded projects the proposal is said to have crystallised during BJP leader LK Advani’s visit to the City.
While sharing the dais with the Mayor during the release of the Rs 2,745 crore City Development Plan submitted for Mission funding, Advani is reported to have told the Mayor that the only way to ensure timely completion of JNNURM projects was to have a core group dedicated exclusively to the development works.
He is also learnt to have recommended that the IMC hire outside experts, as it was unlikely that local engineers would possess the requisite technical know-how to adequately monitor and supervise the mammoth projects.
Mayor Uma Shashi Sharma confirmed the reports. “Advaniji suggested that we hire technical consultants to guide us on Mission-funded projects. We will also set up a special cell to monitor and supervise the progress of these developmental works. The constitution of the cell will be finalised shortly,” revealed the Mayor.
A slew of civic infrastructure projects totalling Rs 2,475 crore are proposed to be funded by the Mission. These include the Yeshwant Sagar augmentation plan (Rs 23.75 crore), UN Habitat community-managed water supply scheme, City Sewerage Plan (Rs 307.17 crore), Bus Rapid Transit System (Rs 868 crore) and road-building projects (Rs 110 crore).