Administration chalks out plan to speed up Indore's development

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: May 14, 2015 17:04 IST

With a view to speed up different development projects including Indore metro rail project, the district administration has chalked out a comprehensive plan to get them on right track.

A meeting on developmental issues presided over by the divisional commissioner Sanjay Dubey on Wednesday decided to hold a two-day workshop on the Indore metro to invite suggestions and objections from the prominent citizens of the city. The date of the workshop will be decised later.

The meeting was attended by inspector general of police Vipin Maheshwari, city mayor Malini Gaud, district collector P Narahari, Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) commissioner Rakesh Singh and Indore Development Authority (IDA) chairman Shankar Lalwani and IDA chief executive officer Deepak Singh and others.

The officials said that the move to organize a workshop was an attempt not to repeat the mistake that the administration made while making the bus rapid transport (BRT) corridor where no suggestions or objections were taken from residents and stake holders before executing the project.

The meeting asked the IMC and the IDA to jointly prepare a work plan for supplying Narmada water and power to Super Corridor and charge it from the developers of the various colonies that are coming up.

The tentative cost of the project was coming to Rs 200 crore, which neither the IDA nor the IMC was willing to invest in.

It was also decided to give a distinct identity to MGM Medical College, a Kayakalp programme – a programme to revamp the college on the lines of one going at MY Hospital, will be taken up. Under the Kayakalp programme at MY Hospital, the entire hospital is being renovated and equipped with new equipments.

A master plan would be prepared and sent to the state government for the purpose.

A competition would be organised among architects to devise the best plan and the winner would get Rs 5 lakhs and Rs 2.5 lakhs to the runners up.

The district hospital on Dhar road would also be developed.

To further give a boost to sporting activity in the city, the Atal Khel Parisar, which is mainly lying untilized would be handed over to the Sports Authority of India Limited so that the facilities are upgraded and used for budding talents in various fields.

The Nehru stadium will also be spruced up. The stadium, which had organized international cricket matches, of late is mainly used for election purposes.

The Ralamandal sanctuary, on the outskirts of the city would be developed as a Lion Safari and a separate meeting of the forest department would be held in this connection.

The meeting also decided to make Indore pollution free before Simhast 2016 at Ujjain and the traffic in the city would also be streamlined.

Dubey said that funds won’t be a problem. The IMC has been tasked with repairing the sewage lines and roads and also construct several multi-level parking.

At present IMC is running multi-level parking at Bajaj Khana Chowk, Shivaji Market, Press Club and Premsukh Talkies.

To make traffic flow smooth, it was decided that no vegetable markets would be allowed on the road and the ones in Patnipura, Naulakha, Banganga, Dwarkapuri and Itwaria Haat would be removed and shifted to an organized place.

The IMC and police were directed by the Mayor Gaud to act.

The pending works of flyover in the city was also discussed and the commissioner made it clear that it was duty of the IMC and district administration to ensure that the executing agency completed the work within the stipulated time.

It may be mentioned due to the inordinate delay in completion of Kesarbagh bridge the high court had to intervene and pull up both the IDA and executing agency.

The meeting also discussed development of heritage sites. For restoration and renovation of heritage site, a sum of Rs 2 crore has already been received from the government for renovating Lalbagh and its garden which will be carried out by IMC and IDA .

Work on heritage path along Rajwada is going to begin soon and the path will cover Gopal Mandir, Durga Mandir, Rajwada. Gurudwara Imli Saheb and will be developed by the tourism department.

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