A plot of land in Nipania mouza that has been acquired for rehabilitation. Picture by Gautam Dey
Slowly but steadily, Dhanbad district administration is going ahead with the implementation of the Rs 7,068cr Jharia master plan to rehabilitate former residents of areas ravaged by underground fires, having almost wrapped up formalities for acquiring 120 acre near Belgharia and zeroing on a contractor to build more quarters there.
According to land acquisition officer Lal Mohan Nayak, 80 per cent payments to villagers had been made to acquire 120 acre in Nipania mouza of Baliapur block, about 4 km from Jaria Vihar Colony of Belgarhia.
Now, the land would be transferred to Jharia Rehabilitation Development Authority (JRDA).
The 120 acre that has been acquired was in addition to the existing 90 acre on which 2,352 dwelling units have already been built over 45 acre and another 2,000 more quarters are to be constructed in the remaining 45 acre.
A contractor has also been chosen to build the 2,000 quarters at Belgharia after identifying the lowest bidder among five firms that had applied for the Rs 63 crore project: Bokaro-based Hindustan Steelworks Construction Limited (HSCL), Hyderabad companies Ramky Infrastructure Limited, Indu Projects Limited, IVRCL Limited and KCP Limited of Calcutta.
But JRDA was against divulging the name of the chosen firm as yet.
As the contract is at a pre-award stage, it will not be appropriate to disclose the name of the lowest bidder now, said superintending engineer Sunil Dalela, but added that construction work on the quarters would begin two months after the contract was formally awarded.
The 2,000 new quarters would be of 25sq metre and have two rooms instead of the existing 2,352 quarters of 18sq metre. Each new building would have four storeys with four quarters on each floor.
JRDA sources said that in all, proposals to acquire 300 acre in Baliapur had been sent to the district land acquisition department. These include the 120 acre in Nipania mauza, besides land in Dokra and Sawaigara areas.
As per the Jharia master plan, four satellite townships are to be developed two in Baliapur Block and one each in Baghmara and Nirsa blocks. JRDA had sent land acquisition proposals for about 100 acre in Tilatand Mauza and 150 acre in Ganduwa Mauza for developing a township in Baghmara in 2010.
This apart, JRDA is in the process of identifying land to develop a township in the Chanch Victoria area of Nirsa that is likely to house over 3,000 people.