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2 firms in Jharia flat race

Victims of Jharia’s underground fire can hope for quicker reprieve.

For, the process to construct the biggest colony in Dhanbad for shifting the non-BCCL families has moved a step forward with Jharia Rehabilitation Development Authority (JRDA) opening the technical bid last week.

JRDA had floated the tender for construction of 6,000 flats at Nipania mouza in Baliapur block on February 2.

Two companies — Delhi-based Brahmaputra Infrastructure Pvt Ltd and KCPL Unity Joint Venture of Mumbai — have expressed interest in the Rs 224 crore project.

“The contract will be awarded to either of them after technical evaluation and subsequent opening of financial bids in April,” said chief manager (civil) of JRDA Sunil Dalela.

The 6,000 flats will come up about 4km from Jharia Vihar Colony in Belgarhia, where around 1,134 families have already been rehabilitated in 2,352 quarters.

“Work has to be completed in three years’ time from the date the contract is awarded,” Dalela said.

He added that this would be the biggest project of JRDA in terms of money, land and number of displaced people.

There will be eight flats in each floor in the G+3 buildings that will come up on 120 acres.

Each flat will have two bedrooms, a hall and a kitchen.