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Indore presents development plan

MUNICIPAL COMMISSIONER P Narhari submitted the Rs 2,007 crore city development plan (CDP) for the Rs 50,000 crore Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) to Urban Administration Development (UAD) Principal Secretary Satya Prakash at a high-level meeting in Bhopal on Thursday.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2006 13:21 IST

MUNICIPAL COMMISSIONER P Narhari submitted the Rs 2,007 crore city development plan (CDP) for the Rs 50,000 crore Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) to Urban Administration Development (UAD) Principal Secretary Satya Prakash at a high-level meeting in Bhopal on Thursday.

The CDP will be forwarded to Centre for approval and funding by State Government on the eve of Republic Day. Narhari also submitted the detailed project reports (DPRs) for the Rs 325 crore sewerage master plan, Rs 165 crore infrastructure development project, Rs 40 crore garden beautification project and Rs 35 crore Yeshwant Sagar project at the meeting that was attended by the municipal commissioners and other officials of JNNURM beneficiary cities of Bhopal, Jabalpur and Ujjain.

Indore is the first city to submit a CDP prepared and formally approved by the general council, a distinction that won the IMC plaudits from the PS as well as other senior officials. Bhopal has prepared its CDP but it is yet to be cleared by the general council while the other two cities are still in the process of preparing the plan.

The two-part meeting, the latter of which was dedicated to a review of the Asian Development Bank sponsored Urban Water Supply and Environment Improvement (USWEIP) project was attended by municipal commissioners of other beneficiary cities of Bhopal, Jabalpur and Ujjain.

Extensive discussions were held on funding and resource mobilisation methods to be adopted by the IMC to repay its share of the loan.

comes in the wake of a notification issued by the Union Water Resources Ministry calling for a complete ban on borewell digging within Indore municipal area in view of the subterranean water table condition in the City being critical.

Although, technically, the notification should put an end to water-vein tapping by private persons as well as the IMC the district administration has been reluctant to enforce the ban strongly. The reason: many localities in the City do not have access to Narmada water and depend solely on groundwater sources for their needs.

Still, the Water Resources Ministry’s embargo is likely to check the Corporation’s propensity for blindly digging wells, wreaking, in the process, absolute havoc on the groundwater table.

“We have decided no to dig any new borewells until it is deemed absolutely unavoidable,” corroborated MiC member in charge of Waterworks Munnalal Yadav. “Water will be supplied through tankers to areas which do not have access to piped supply to ensure that they do not suffer as a result of the ban,” he added

Apart from adversely affecting the water table groundwater structures also dent Corporation’s finances. The IMC spends approximately Rs 3,000 per month on electricity costs and maintenance of each of its 2,727 borewells-adding up to a whopping Rs 9 crore per annum.

The drain on its fiscal resources led the Corporation to propose handing over borewells to the Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) which would bear maintenance and electricity costs by levying a fixed monthly charge on its members. The proposal, however, had to be dropped following vocal opposition by local politicians.

First Published: Jan 20, 2006 13:21 IST