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Councillors to offer opinion on master plan

After residents, it is their representatives’ turn to give their feedback on the proposed Ranchi master plan 2037.

A delegation of 12 ward councillors met deputy CEO of Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) Shailendra Lal on Thursday evening, seeking an explanation on why their opinion on the draft master plan was never sought.

Councillor of ward No. 28 Ashok Kumar Baraik said, “We had been requesting for a separate meeting on the master plan, but all our pleas fell on deaf ears. Was it not the civic body’s responsibility to sit with us once?” asked Baraik who looks after localities like Ashoknagar and Kadru.

Baraik’s counterpart in ward No. 54 Sabita Linda agreed with him.

“We want a copy of the draft master plan in Hindi. We had been asking for the same since December 2013. We could have circulated it in our respective areas,” said councillor of ward No. 45 Ajit Oraon.

Lal told The Telegraph that RMC CEO Manoj Kumar was out of station. “The ward councillors have demanded copies of the draft in Hindi. We will hold a meeting with them within a week,” he said.

Meanwhile, a handful of social activists gathered on RMC premises to discuss the master plan with the civic body officials on Thursday morning.