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Poor response to BMC scheme

THE BHOPAL Municipal Corporation (BMC) initiative for public participation in its ambitious Rs six crore MP Nagar Road scheme has evoked poor response.

india Updated: Mar 27, 2006 14:29 IST

THE BHOPAL Municipal Corporation (BMC) initiative for public participation in its ambitious Rs six crore MP Nagar Road scheme has evoked poor response.

As against a target of Rs one crore collection from people, the corporation has managed to collect only Rs four lakh from local traders and citizens.

Under the scheme, cement concrete roads are to be constructed with modern technology. Of the Rs six crore, the BMC had proposed to collect an amount of Rs one crore from residents and traders of MP Nagar’s Zone-II. The BMC is arranging the remaining Rs five crore through a loan from IDBI Bank. This loan is being taken after pledging the property’s tax accounts of ward 47.

MP Nagar is a part of this ward. Under the scheme, the BMC will construct a 7,755-metre long road, 15,480-metre long surface drains and 2,674-metre long sewage line. After these developmental works, MP Nagar is supposed to become one of the best commercial areas of the country.

Similarly, the BMC had planned to develop parks through public participation. However, no individual or institution has responded to this call.

The BMC had held a meeting with the elected representatives and ward committees in this regard at Ravindra Bhawan. But, this has failed to yield any results.

Mayor Sunil Sood had also announced BMC would provide an amount equal to that collected by citizens for developmental works. But, the response to this offer too has been very poor.

Now, BMC officials said that it would realise public participation funds from MP Nagar under the provisions of Municipal Corporation Act.

Corporator loser
IN THE budget approved on Saturday, Mayor Sunil Sood announced that 50 per cent of total properties tax collected in a particular ward would be spent in the same ward. This would be the discretionary fund of corporators. However, the corporator of ward 47 would be deprived of this fund as the BMC administration had pledged all the property tax accounts of ward 47 to get the loan for the construction of road in MP Nagar’s zone-II.

Local corporator Vandana Jachak said MP Nagar was only a small part of this ward. So, why were property tax accounts of the entire ward pledged to get this loan, she asked.