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RMC ropes in Apollo

The standing committee of Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) on Tuesday decided to hand over the task of developing its super-speciality hospital at Kusai Colony to the Apollo Group. The Chennai-based entity was also asked to run the civic body’s hospital on Ratu Road.

The civic body has three acres at Kusai Colony near Doranda where it plans to construct a super-speciality hospital. The Apollo (Chennai) Group, which was the lone bidder for the two tenders, will also be running the hospital. RMC chief executive officer Dipankar Panda had opened the bid of his second tender for the hospital a few days ago and upon finding that it was a lone bid, he had referred the matter to the standing committee for a final decision.

“The super-speciality hospital would prove to be of great help in healthcare of city residents,” said mayor Rama Khalkho, while chairing the standing committee meeting.

The standing committee decided that stray cattle which roam the roads and endanger the lives of commuters would be caught and handed over to Goshala Trust as the civic body’s kanji house — the shed where such cattle are caught and kept till owners claim them — was not operational at present.

This apart, the standing committee decided to authorise deputy chief executive officer Gopalji Tiwari to look into the illegal occupation of its shops located in Upper Bazar. The civic body has around 350 shops in Upper Bazar which have been occupied by businessmen without proper authorisation for the last several years. The deputy CEO has been given the power either to lease the shops to willing businessmen or to order their eviction.

The standing committee also decided to seek funds from the state urban development department for various development works.

“It was decided that the civic body will seek Rs 3 crore for developing Jaipal Singh Stadium, Rs 6 crore for construction of a jogging track at Morabadi ground, Rs 15 crore for a convention centre at Town Hall and another Rs 5 crore for beautification of Ranchi Lake,” said A.S. Deol, a standing committee member. He said they expected the state government to support the civic body’s development plans to create more resident amenities.

A decision was taken to put up 3,000 additional streetlights across the city.

The highest decision making body of RMC also decided to constitute a municipal street technical committee headed by the CEO with a few engineers and ward commissioners as well representatives from state urban development department as members. The committee will try to visit streets and suggest solutions to problems like congestion, need of culverts and bridges et al.

The meeting was attended by CEO Panda, deputy CEO Tiwari, deputy mayor Ajay Nath Shahdeo, among others.


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