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Jharia rehab gains pace

The mega rehab of Jharia residents hit by raging underground fire has picked up pace with the Lok Sabha poll model code being lifted.

Jharia Rehabilitation and Development Authority (JRDA), the implementing agency for Rs 7,068-crore Jharia master plan, issued new tenders for civil work of an under-construction mosque in Jharia Vihar Colony, Belgarhia, on Monday.

The contract with Om Prakash Singh and Co, engaged to build the mosque on a nine-decimal plot at Rs 18.83 lakh, was cancelled due to lax work. JRDA chief manager (civil) Sunil Dalela said a contract worth Rs 15.88 lakh, which includes the mosque’s remaining work, compound wall and others, was issued on Monday.

Reminders to agencies to send credential verification papers for construction work of 6,000 quarters for a contract worth Rs 224 crore were also sent recently. The proposed homes cover 120 acres at Nipania Mouza of Baliapur block.

This March, Bokaro-based Brahmaputra Infrastructure Pvt Ltd and Mumbai-based KCPL Unity Joint Ventures applied for its technical bid.

Socio-economic survey of residents of 595 fire-hit areas had slowed down before elections. So far, 54,159 families across 425 fire-hit areas have been surveyed. Now, work on 170 pending sites is on.

The survey paves the way for each family to get a photo ID card for compensation and rehab. Abhishek Chakraborty, chief executive officer of Whiz Mantra, hired for the survey, said: “During the poll period, we distributed photo ID cards to some 10,000 persons. We are now speeding up pending survey work.”