Jharia Rehabilitation Development Authority (JRDA) has taken a step forward to develop 400 temporary dwelling units on a landfill site in Dhanbad’s Lodna area, 10km from Jharia.
Last week, JRDA, the implementing agency of the Rs 7,028-crore Jharia master plan, opened technical bids that were floated on January 31 for constructing the flats.
Two companies — Delhi-based CK Infrastructures Ltd and Hindustan Steelworks Construction Limited of Bokaro — have expressed interest in the Rs 9.12-crore project.
“The contract will be awarded to either of them after opening financial bids in the first week of April,” said chief manager (civil) of JRDA Sunil Dalela.
The dwelling units at Lodna will comprise one room, a balcony, kitchen and a toilet. These will come up on 3.5 hectares to meet any exigencies that might arise due to land subsidence or gas emission in and from underground fire-affected areas of Jharia.
For instance, a land subsidence at Lilton Angarpathra locality in Katras on January 7 rendered 19 families homeless. These people would be put up at these temporary tenements on the reclaimed mining site.
The Lodna tenement, however, will be a stopgap arrangement. “The temporary tenement will hopefully be for for six months as construction of 2,000 permanent flats on 45 acres in Belgarhia, some 6km from Jharia, will take some time,” Dalela added.
Another 6,000 permanent flats will come up at Nipania mouza in Baliapur block, about 4km from Jharia Vihar Colony in Belgarhia, where around 1,080 families have already been rehabilitated in 2,352 quarters.
“Technical bid for this Rs 224-crore project will be opened soon too,” Dalela said.
On February 2, JRDA had floated a tender for construction of the quarters. Incidentally, the first tender for 6,000 quarters was issued in August 2013. Only two agencies applied for the technical round. One was disqualified, necessitating fresh tender.