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Civic audit by outsiders
The Calcutta Municipal Corporation: Check it out

The civic authorities will introduce a “third-party audit” to monitor the execution of joint-venture projects.

Mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharyya announced last week that outsiders will be appointed to check whether the private partners in development projects are honouring their commitments to the Calcutta Municipal Corporation.

The mayor also stressed the need for “people’s participation” to ensure that the private parties do not get away with violating the agreement.

“All development projects are aimed at benefitting the common man. The interests of the community will be ignored if there is no people’s participation,” he pointed out.

As for the audit, civic commissioner Alapan Bandyopadhyay said: “We will soon announce the names of the members of the team.”

The need for a third-party check on development projects is being felt as the number of joint-venture schemes of the civic body is increasing by the day. The projects that the civic body is now involved in includes revamp of markets, setting up of a hospital, construction of underground parking lots and beautification of pavements and gardens.

The civic body has recently launched a scheme under which pavements are being handed over to private parties for beautification. In the first phase, 18 pavements have been handed over to 13 groups. Another 18 will be handed over in the second phase.

“Introduction of a third-party audit will ensure the groups abide by the conditions laid down in the agreement,” said a civic official.

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