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T&CP rejects BOT proposal

THE TOWN and Country Planning Department has vetoed the controversial Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) proposal at Sanyogitaganj School.

india Updated: Apr 23, 2006 13:40 IST

THE TOWN and Country Planning Department has vetoed the controversial Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) proposal at Sanyogitaganj School.

The department declared that the land on which the school was located was reserved for educational purposes under the master plan and could not be used for commercial purposes.

The Public Works Department of the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) had mooted building shops on part of the sprawling school campus. Under the proposal, shops would be constructed on a BOT basis and the Corporation would use funds generated by the scheme to upgrade educational and infrastructure facilities.

Although it was approved by the Mayor-in-Council, the move was dogged by controversies from day one. Congress, and even some ruling party corporators, charged that the proposal was dreamed up by a certain MiC member in order to line his own pockets.

MiC member in-charge of Public Works Lalit Porwal admitted that the Town and Country Planning Department had refused to clear the project. “However, we are holding discussions with them to see if the issue can be resolved without violating the master plan provisions,” he added.

First Published: Apr 23, 2006 13:40 IST