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Coal town tastes civic success

Jamshedpur, June 9: The plan to set up a municipal corporation might have got lost in middle of a controversy in the steel city but it did see the light of the day and worked out quite successfully for the coal town of Dhanbad.

Started around three months ago, the Dhanbad Municipal Corporation was recently permitted by the office of the accountant general to open a new bank account for its financial transactions.

The corporation had sought the mandatory permission from the accountant general's office, in this regard, so that it could have fiscal powers for different monetary transanctions.

'The civic body has opened a new account and deposited around Rs 22 crore in it by transferring the funds from five different civic bodies that was merged following the formation of the corporation,' said sources in the urban development ministry.

The five civic bodies include Dhanbad municipality, Katras notified area committee, Jharia notified area committee, Chatatand notified area committee and Sindri notified area committee.

According to sources, the state urban development ministry is also planning to fill up the vacant posts in the corporation so that work can be executed at a fast pace. 'At present, there is shortage of around 1,000 personnel in the corporation. The ministry is examining the possibilities and a final decision is likely to be taken by the ministry within a couple of months,' the sources added.

The administator-cum-chief executive officer of Dhanbad Municipal Corporation, A.B. Pati, informed The Telegraph that the civic body had already started the process for formulating a detail project report (DPR) to improve civic amenities in seven different sectors, including transport, air link, drinking water, drainage, road conditions etc.

'Separate bidders shall be selected to work in different sectors so that work could take place at a faster pace. We want to complete the selection process of the bidders within a month so that they can prepare the DPRs as soon as possible,' Pati said, claiming that the new corporation was functioning well and the new set up would change the face of the coal town within the next two years.

The Dhanbad experiment was also declared for Jamshedpur, where it was proposed that three civic bodies would be merged together. However, with Tata Steel opposing the entire plan, no corporation has come up yet. Instead, the case has proceeded to the high court, which has heard out the matter but reserved its verdict.

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