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State no to private players for DPR

Jamshedpur, July 29: The state forest department has dropped its plan of engaging a private consultant for drawing up a detailed project report (DPR) for its Rs 54 crore Saranda watershed project.

The decision, sources said, was taken after eight private consultants who took part in a tendering process, quoted exorbitant sums for preparing the project reports.

The forest department will now ready the DPR on its own with help from a 13-member team of experts, who had been hired by them for the watershed project.

Sources said the state had floated tenders in May for inviting consultants for drawing up a DPR on all six zones of Saranda where the watersheds are supposed to come up as part of the Centre-sponsored Saranda Action Plan.

A team of experts, hired by the forest department, was supposed to help the private consultant in drawing up the report and ensuring the watershed project was executed properly in the sprawling Saranda reserve within the stipulated time period of five years. The consultants, however, are supposed to have quoted hefty costs for the work, somewhere between the range of Rs 1.5 crore and Rs 3 crore, forcing the state to shelve the idea.

The DPR for the watershed project is supposed to contain logistical details of the population in each of the six zones, the quality of land available for the local residents, existing drinking water facilities, if any, extent of water available for tilling the fields, the flora and fauna and a list of must dos to improve the life of the masses, among other plans.

Sources said as many as eight parties had taken part in the tender process and submitted relevant documents suggesting their willingness to prepare a DPR.

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