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By SANJAY OJHA in Jamshedpur
  • Published 2.04.07
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Jamshedpur, April 2: Development of four major cities of Jharkhand already lying in limbo for over a year now, the ministry of urban development has proposed spruce-up plans for the smaller towns.

The ministry will invite expressions of interest (EoI) from parties experienced in urban development for 30 small and medium towns in the first phase.

Although the government has failed to get a detailed project report prepared for the major cities — Dhanbad, Bokaro, Ranch and Jamshedpur — in more than a year, this time it plans to get it done in three months from the date of appointment of consultants.

The towns include Seraikela, Kharsawan, Khuti, Chas, Bundu Deoghar, Godda, Hazaribagh, Chaibasa, Dumka, Madhupur, Garhwa, Latehar, Koderma and Chakulia. They would be developed on the guidelines of urban infrastructure development scheme for small and medium towns under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

Officials in the department said since the process of preparation of a detailed project report of the major cities was taking a lot of time and were getting stuck due to anomalies of the consultants appointed by the government, it was decided to take up the work for development of small and medium towns.

The state had failed to prepare even a single detailed project report that could satisfy the Union government for allocation of funds in the past one year.

“The government’s focus till now was on the major cities and we neglected the smaller towns, whose population had grown manifold over the last decade. When plans for major cities got stuck, we decided to shift focus to the small cities and work rationally,” said an officer.

Chief engineer (technical cell) K.K. Singh said that according to the proposal, interested parties have to submit a detailed plan — both conceptual and investment — by April 20.

Selected consultants would be required to prepare a detailed project report within three months of their appointment.