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Push for new capital

Ranchi, Oct. 26: Greater Ranchi Development Authority (GRDA), the agency implementing a long-pending new capital city project, has asked the state to provide Rs 50 crore so that it can begin building infrastructure on about 2,300 acres once owned by HEC.

With neighbouring Chhattisgarh all set to inaugurate a new capital near Raipur soon, chief minister Arjun Munda today set the ball rolling to realise the local dream, which has been in the pipeline for more than a decade.

Munda today chaired an important board meeting of GRDA, instructing officials to ensure that work on building basic infrastructure like roads and sewerage started soon.

The first and biggest phase of the new capital would come up on 2,300 acres, of which just over 1,500 acres was in possession of the government while the rest had been encroached upon by illegal settlers and locals displaced by HEC.

Delhi-based Consulting Engineering Services (India) Pvt Ltd was hired by the state to prepare a blueprint for the project. The company is supposed to prepare a detailed project report and tender documents.

Today, authorities decided to appoint a third party evaluator to vet the proposals of CES on technical points.

The chief minister also chaired a State Level Steering Committee (SLSC) meeting for implementation of JNNURM projects in Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Dhanbad.

Sources said Munda expressed annoyance over the pace of implementation of urban infrastructure projects in Dhanbad. He also stressed on the need to expedite work in Ranchi and Jamshedpur where projects like solid waste management, urban water supply schemes etc were progressing at snailís pace, while city buses were running in fits and starts.

The meeting was attended by the deputy CM Hemant Soren, chief secretary S.K. Choudhary, planning secretary Avinash Kumar, finance secretary Sukhdev Singh, urban development secretary Nitin Madan Kulkarni and CMís principal secretary D.K. Tiwary, among others.

In another meeting of the social welfare department, Munda stressed on the need to monitor women related schemes implemented by government departments in a consolidated way.