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JNAC areas eye facelift

Several localities under Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) are set for a major revamp.

For, the civic body on Wednesday started the tendering process for augmenting the civic amenities.

The urban body floated tenders for over 100 projects — like construction of roads, drains, culverts and setting up of street lights — worth over Rs 7 crore.

JNAC special officer Deepak Sahay said the plan was to improve the amenities and road connectivity to make the areas more accessible.

“Today, we are issuing the tenders. The interested parties will have to submit them tomorrow (Thursday). The sealed papers will be opened on February 7 and the selected agencies given the work order on the same day,” Sahay informed and added that all the projects would be completed within four to six months.

The localities to be covered under the fresh projects are Birsanagar, Jemco, Kadma, Bagunhatu and Baridih.

Notably, a large number of urban slums under the JNAC’s jurisdiction do not have basic civic facilities like metalled roads, proper drainage system and street-lamps.

“Due to absence of the drainage system, waterlogging is a common phenomenon in several pockets, which give rise to mosquito menace. We are looking to address these issues through the development activities,” Sahay said.

The contractors, participating in the JNAC tender process, sounded happy.

Ganesh Singh, one such contractor said that this time the projects would outnumber the contractors.“In view of the huge number of projects listed for the tender, the aspiring contractors will be flooded with jobs,” he added.

Singh also pointed out that the civic authorities were clearly focused on construction of Portland Cement Concrete (PCC) roads in urban slums.“If the work is done as per specified quality, then there will be a sea change in the urban slum areas,” said the contractor, who bought three sets of tender papers for bidding in as many projects.