“INADEQUATE WATER, sanitation and parking”, stresses Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma, are the three main hurdles that Indore will have to overcome before it can attain metrodom.
With the first pretty much taken care of, thanks to the Rs 641.25 crore Narmada-III project, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) has now buckled down to battle the remaining obstacles.
The Mayor-in-Council (MiC) on Thursday cleared tenders worth Rs 3.5 crore for sanitation and traffic management projects to be carried out on a Build-Operate-Transfer (B-O-T) basis for a period of 10 years. Civic officials hope to net around Rs 8 crore from the projects before ownership reverts to the Corporation.
The 10-member council also gave the green signal for constructing shops under Manikbag overbridge, a Rs 78 lakh proposal for a cemented main road at Loha Mandi running from Devshri Talkies to Juni Indore.
Proposals to construct shops under Manikbag overbridge, letting out rooftops of IMC-owned markets to outdoor advertisers and a Rs 10 lakh grant for a Maharashtrian community, too, received a go-ahead. Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma, Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma and MiC members Munnalal Yadav, Rajendra Rathore,Shankar Yadav, Sapna Chauhan and Shanta Jhanwar were among those present at the meet convened at the mayoral residence. Mindful of the stink raised by the lack of loos the MiC approved tenders for the construction of 100 public conveniences, 75 urinals and 25 toilets, on a B-O-T basis for a period of 10 years.
Patterned after similar facilities in Delhi the public conveniences will boast advertising space on the façade and be equipped with soap, towel and a caretaker. All costs, including salary and electricity expenses will be borne by the BOT operator who will recoup his investment by letting out the advertising space.
At a meeting at the Mayor’s residence on Thursday evening the MiC cleared the highest bidder, M/s Lakshya Media, for toilet construction while the urinal construction contract was awarded to Shubham Agency. The project is estimated to cost around Rs 2 crore and the Corporation will garner an equal amount from the contractors before the properties revert to it.
The mayoral council also awarded the contract to set up escalators at AB Road and MG Road to facilitate pedestrian traffic to M/s Lakshya Media. The Corporation expects to net Rs 2.5 crores from the B-O-T operator during the decade-long gestation period.
As per the approved design the facility will be divided into two separate parts on either road for commuters with the passage fronting the road reserved for advertisements.
While the segment for ascending pedestrians will boast an escalator those alighting will have to use stairs constructed alongside.
The 10-member council also okayed the highest bid tendered by M/s Ad-King for constructing 70 new bus stops. Twenty of these will boast an ultra-modern minimalist design and be constructed exclusively of unbreakable acrylic.
The remaining 50 will be conventional bus shelters of the type currently being used. Project costs are pegged at roughly Rs 1 crore and civic body officials are reckoning on an income of Rs 2.4 crore from the B-O-T contractor.