Technical experts to monitor civic projects
WITH A view to ensuring a more professional monitoring of multi-crore projects like the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and Asian Development Bank (ADB)-backed schemes, the State Government has decided to strengthen technical staff besides appointing experts in civic bodies of Bhopal and other cities.india Updated: May 01, 2006 23:22 IST
WITH A view to ensuring a more professional monitoring of multi-crore projects like the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and Asian Development Bank (ADB)-backed schemes, the State Government has decided to strengthen technical staff besides appointing experts in civic bodies of Bhopal and other cities.
The move is aimed at allying apprehension that civic bodies are not capable enough to handle projects involving crores of rupees.
As a first step in this direction, the State Government recently appointed a chief engineer of Public Works Department for the implementation of such schemes in Indore.
In Bhopal, there is a superintending engineer of PHE looking after preparations under the ADB projects. However, officials for JNNURM are yet to be posted. The State Government is also planning to post senior engineers in other municipal bodies.
In Bhopal alone, a sum of about Rs 2,153 crore is planned to be spent under the JNNURM during next five years. Besides, an amount of Rs 180 crore will be spent under the ADB funded projects.
Implementation of Rs 300 crore Narmada Water Supply Scheme is already underway. The BMC is funding this project while Public Health Engineering is the implementing agency.
It is felt that lack of technical expertise and professional monitoring could hamper judicious utilisation of the funds in the large-scale projects.
Such projects are also being implemented in Indore, Jabalpur, Gwalior and Ujjain. Urban Administration and Development Minister Jayant Malaiya told Hindustan Times the State Government had decided to provide better technical expertise to civic bodies by appointing experts from works departments like PHE on deputation.
Help of independent consultants was also being taken, he added. Malaiya, however, said no decision had been taken to upgrade the post of municipal commissioner of such civic bodies.
‘Withdraw officials on deputation’
DURING THE meeting of the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) general body on Saturday, several corporators demanded the State Government withdraw employees posted in BMC on deputation. This is an old demand of BMC employees and corporators.
On the other hand, Mayor Sunil Sood is in favour of posting technical staff instead of administrative officials.