BMC relaxes rules for Make in India

  • Laxman Singh, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Feb 11, 2016 01:17 IST
A statue of the Make In India logo near BMC headquarters in Mumbai. (Bhushan Koyande)

To speed up preparations for Make in India week, which begins on Saturday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has exempted all event-related projects from the usual civic norms related to appointing contractors. 

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The civic body had submitted an unofficial note to its standing committee, seeking special permission to speed up various event-related projects. It was cleared on Wednesday.

Workers carry a cutout of the Make In India logo at BKC. (Pratham Gokhale/HT photo)

 Normally, getting the various permissions needed for such a large event takes at least a month or two.

Additionally, the civic body will not charge a fee for hoardings and posters put up for the event. 

Terming the event as one of national importance, the BMC has decided to issue post-work sanction for these contracts, given the time constraints.

More than half of the projects are expected to be completed on a war footing in the next three or four days.

The BMC has set aside Rs10 crore to fund the event, which will be held from February 13 to February 18.

Students paint a wall opposite St Xavier’s College in Mumbai. (Bhushan Koyande)

Major projects related to the event include installing statues of the Make in India lion at seven spots, wall paintings and graffiti at three locations, hoardings at 20 sites, preparing and putting up 150 banners, setting up stages at BKC and Girgaum Chowpatty, preparing a five-minute documentary on ‘Make in Mumbai’, publishing a coffee-table book and setting up facilities for citizens at the event.

The ‘Make in Mumbai’ seminar will be held on February 15.

The BMC will present its ‘Mumbai Takeover’ plan to seek investments from the private sector in IT, tourism and digital projects at the seminar, which will also include a discussion on mobile governance and ease of doing business.

A senior civic official involved in the preparations for the event, said, “We have included all projects related to Make in India week under Section 72 (3) of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1888, which gives the municipal commissioner power to appoint contractors without inviting tenders. Ideally, all financial proposals exceeding Rs3 lakh should be tabled before the standing committee.”

Representatives from 30 countries and 2,000 people from various industries are expected to attend Make in India week.

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