The Telegraph
Saturday , July 12 , 2014
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Big money for beautiful capital dream

- RMC board clears budget of over Rs 700cr for infrastructure, amenities

The board of Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) on Friday unanimously passed a budget of Rs 752.96 crore to be used on various beautification projects and improvement of amenities in the capital.

The civic body is authorised to take up projects that are associated with urban basic infrastructure such as construction of drains and roads in wards, beautification and maintenance of parks and ensuring water supply.

The RMC has also decided to host two workshops on the Ranchi master plan since members are yet to arrive at a consensus on it. The workshops are likely to be held on July 24 and August 10.

At the meeting, it was pointed out that most high-mast lights in the city were not maintained. It was decided that companies concerned would be given reminders and, if they still didn’t become proactive, their work orders would be scrapped.

“Most wards in the city do not have a beautification and development plan. Hence, it was decided that every ward will submit a development plan to RMC by July 20,” said an official.

Since several hand pumps are lying defunct in the city, the board has asked RMC officials to immediately start a survey and install new ones.

The board has also asked RMC officials to arrange a meeting with several banks that can offer loans for sustainable projects under National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM). Board members had pointed out that many people were unable to draw benefits of the scheme as the banks were not supportive.

Mayor Asha Lakra, whose debut board meeting on Thursday had been suspended amid ugly commotion, said Friday’s was successful.

“Passing of the budget was very important. The board will meet on August 10 and discuss some issues that remained unattended, besides holding fresh discussions on the master plan,” she added.

On Thursday, 13 issues were listed for discussions, but no proper decision was taken owing to heated exchanges between ward councillors. “Whatever happened was not appreciated. I do not expect brawls during board meetings,” a stern Lakra had said.

The issues included city cleanliness, construction of drains, roads and culverts, hoarding permission, tax collection from small schools run at residences, booking of parks for commercial purposes, illegal hoardings, illegal hostels and lodges, land holding tax, construction of small bridges among others.