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Blueprint for capital facelift

Ranchi, Feb. 18: It promises to be the blueprint to drive away the capital’s civic blues.

The Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) has handpicked Delhi-based Tetra Tech Consultancy to prepare detailed project reports (DPR) for four ambitious projects — establishment of a multi-layered parking lot beside Main Road and a hospital at Kusai Colony as well as the revamp of both Daily Market and civic body’s shopping outlets at Upper Bazar.

Tetra Tech will prepare the DPR for four projects within 60 days and submit them to the RMC, which will then float a tender to find developers once urban development department says yes to the blueprints.

“Once these plans are put in place, the city will go for a makeover. We have land, which we want to develop into revenue earning spots even as we give space to roadside vendors,” said RMC chief executive officer Dipankar Panda.

The RMC had floated an open tender to pick its consultant.

Tetra Tech Consultancy, which had earlier prepared the DPR for RMC on solid waste management system, was brought on board two days ago. The by the corporation two days earlier. Other reputed agencies such as Deloitte Consulting and KPMG were also in the running during the selection.

The civic body possesses little more than half an acre at Old Taxi Stand, where the multi-layer parking is slated to come up. It is expected to redress a major woe of the capital — lack of parking space near Main Road — and ease traffic bottlenecks.

Panda also said the basement of the multi-storied building would be given to footpath vendors so that they do not encroach upon roads.

Meanwhile, the Daily Market near the Old Taxi Stand, which houses 318 vegetable shops, will undergo a multi-storeyed revamp.

In busy Upper Bazar area, the municipal corporation has well over 400 shopping outlets leased to private shopkeepers. Now, the shops, which had been built in a haphazard manner, will make way for multi-storeyed shopping marts for better revenue generation.

Besides preparing revamp DPRs, Tetra Tech has to furnish another report for a cutting-edge super-speciality hospital at Kusai Colony on the capital’s outskirts, where the civic body owns seven acres.

“Once the DPRs for all four projects are ready, we will look for developers. The infrastructure will come up under a public-private partnership model. The consultant will also suggest the ratio of investment by the RMC and the developer in each project,” Panda said.

This apart, RMC is also preparing a proposal to develop the south-west portion of the huge Jaipal Singh Stadium at Kutchery Chowk and convert it into a shopping complex for footpath vendors, who sell vegetables and clothes on the road near Shahid Chowk and Ranchi University. “We have a plan to convert this space — about two acres — into something similar to Dilli Haat,” the RMC chief said, adding the civic body would ask for financial assistance to the tune of Rs 2 crore from urban development department for the plan.

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