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RMC gets personal on plan

Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) on Friday formed a high-level team to listen to citizen suggestions on the capital’s master plan 2037, provided they turn up personally at the Kutchery Chowk office.

Citizens who shared their ideas for the capital’s master plan on the RMC website would also have to approach the office in person and justify the suggestions.

The civic body’s chief executive officer Manoj Kumar said they would hear out suggestions and note down complaints. The panel includes RMC deputy chief executive officer S.K. Lal, town planner Gajana Ram and official Ghanshyam.

The team will start working from Saturday.

“The committee has been asked to note down feedback from residents, groups and organisations. After this process is through, the team will recommend the civic body to incorporate the required changes in Ranchi Master Plan 2037,” said Kumar.

The draft plan, which will include development of road network in the capital that is plagued by perennial traffic congestion, has been prepared keeping in mind the possible expansion of the city by 2037.

In April last year, the draft was put up on the civic body’s website for the masses to take a look and give their feedback.

Several organisations and groups chipped in with ideas. But, this time, they will have to meet the RMC officials in person and defend their suggestions/objections.

“Many organisations have had sent their suggestions and complaints to the civic body in writing. But you need to come and have a dialogue with us,” said a RMC official.

Asked about how many days the hearing will continue, RMC public relations officer Naresh Kumar Sinha said it would go on till all groups presented their cases.

The civic body wanted to finalise the draft master plan by end of May last year, but after organisations raised objections to different points, the date was postponed.