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Bhopal: Municipal council gives nod to multi-level parking lots

Decks have been cleared for two multi-level parking lots in the city at MP Nagar and New Market to be raised at the cost of Rs 80 crore. A proposal to the effect was passed by BMC general council.

bhopal Updated: Dec 05, 2014 23:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Decks have been cleared for two multi-level parking lots in the city to be raised at the cost of Rs 80 crore. A proposal to the effect was passed on Thursday by BMC general council.

One of the parking lots — a five-floor hi-tech parking will be constructed at MP Nagar at a cost of Rs 36 crore, while the other will be built at New Market at a cost of Rs 44 crore. As much as 5% area at both the parking points would be used for commercial purposes which would generate an income of Rs 26.70 crore and Rs 38.70 crore at MP Nagar and New Market respectively.

However, Congress corporators raised objections against the projects. Corporator Shahid Ali said BMC should concentrate on providing basic facilities like water supply, sewage system and roads instead of spending crores on parking at two particular areas.

"The financial condition of BMC is not sound and parking proposal will increase the burden. The parking lot in new Bhopal is an example of injustice with walled city as there are many busy markets in walled city, where parking is a major issue, but the mayor didn’t pay any attention on the proposals of parking at walled city made by corporators," he added.

Congress corporator Shafique Ahmed Khan also raised question that the proposal should have been in public, private partnership (PPP) mode. "In bidding process, BMC officers tried to justify the expense of crores of rupees as well as making bidding process under different rules but the same officers put as many as objections in the way of small proposals, which were sent by corporators. They shouldn’t be biased against any person," he added.

Mayor-in-council member KM Soni said, "We didn’t do any kind of injustice with walled city. We welcome the proposal of parking lots in other parts of the city. The project would also not put any extra burden on BMC as 5% area has been reserved for commercial purpose."

The council also passed the proposal of regularisation of daily wagers after a ruckus by Congress corporators in the first half. Council’s chairperson Kailash Mishra said the council unanimously passed the proposal of regularisation of about 1100 daily wagers and the proposal would be sent to the state government for further action.

BJP corporators and Congress corporators locked head over proposal for detailed project report (DPR) of Rs 1600 crore storm water drain system of sewage cell.

Opposing the proposal, Congress corporator Girish Sharma said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had rejected four projects approved by UPA government for Madhya Pradesh and how could BMC expect that the Centre would approve storm water drain system. "Spending Rs 16 crore on DPR is merely a wastage of money. The ratio of aexpenses by Central government and state government for smart city has also become 20:80 respectively and it is not possible for BMC to spend that much money on a project," he added.

Congress corporators alleged that UPA government had given so many projects to Bhopal but instead of providing new projects, BJP-led Central government rejected even old projects.

Replying to objection, mayor Krishna Gaur said, "No notification has been released yet of change in ratio of providing grant by Central government so we can’t drop this project on rumours. We don’t have to spend any extra money for DPR because it is an extension of project which had been sanctioned in 2009. The project is necessary for city’s development."

After ruckus, the proposal wasn’t approved by the chairperson and postponed for the next meeting.

First Published: Dec 05, 2014 17:10 IST