Nudge to get IIT seal on Ranchi’s Kantatoli flyover


he state urban development department will seek the cabinet’s approval to engage IIT-Bombay for vetting the Kantatoli flyover project and sanction Rs 17 lakh as fee to the tech institute.

The project is being undertaken by Jharkhand Urban Infrastructure Development Company Limited (Juidco).

In 2016, the state government had directed the department to get the project vetted by an IIT, but it could not be done because the original design of the flyover was changed several times.

“The project has been approved by the Central Design Organisation. However, we want to remain on the safe side by removing flaws in the design and construction, if there are any, by getting the project audited by a third party. As the design and layout of the project was changed several times, it was not possible to hire any agency to vet the project till we have a final design,” a Juidco official said.

Originally, the total length of the flyover was around 900 metres. Later, the layout was changed and the length of the flyover was revised to 1,250 metres.

Secretary of urban development department Ajoy Kumar Singh said: “We had sought quotations from IITs. IIT-Bombay quoted Rs 17 lakh as vetting fee. Now this matter will be taken up with the

cabinet for approval so that the fund is allocated and the tech institute is roped in on nomination basis.”

Cost escalation is another issue that has impeded the execution of the project, which is going on at a tardy pace.

Initially, the project cost was estimated at Rs 192 crore. Currently, it stands at Rs 257 crore.

In August, the urban development department moved a proposal seeking the finance department’s approval for the revised budget.The estimate committee of finance department examined the proposal and forwarded it to empowered committee.

The empowered panel formed a committee headed by an official of the rank of engineer-in-chief of road construction department.

“That committee has given its report, which we are going to place before the finance department. I am hopeful that the entire process will be completed soon. After that, the proposal will be placed before the cabinet for its approval,” Singh said.

Jharkhand’s development talking point in country: CM


Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Tuesday said that the development works in Jharkhand have become a matter of discussion across the country. Speaking at a conclave organised by a media house here on Tuesday the CM said that today Jharkhand is known for development works unlike earlier when scams and irregularities were discussed about the State.

“Work has been done in every sector in Jharkhand. Till now people keep giving slogans and promises. However, the Government does not follow slogans and promises.  Government operates with policy and intent. Our government started formulating policies as soon as it came to power. Started working on it by making policy. The result of this is that today there is talk of development of Jharkhand in the whole country,” he said.

“It is a State full of possibilities. There is potential, power and resource. Despite this, the State has not been able to develop due to political instability for 14 years.

The aspirations of the people of the State were not being fulfilled. In 2014, on the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the people of Jharkhand formed an absolute majority Government here.  In the last four and a half years, the stable Government of the State has tried to fulfill the aspirations of the people,” he added.

The CM said that there is great potential for farming in Jharkhand. But due to the previous Governments at the Center, farmers continued to remain indebted. “The Modi government worried about the farmers.

He started the Prime Minister Kisan Samman Nidhi. In this, farmers are getting an annual assistance of Rs 6,000. Similarly, the State Government has launched the Chief Minister Krishi Aashirwad Yojana.

Under this, farmers of the State are getting Rs 5,000 to 25,000 annually. Due to this, farmers are not forced to become indebted to anyone for minor tasks. Das said that the State government is promoting medium, small and small scale industries. “It employs more and more people. Similarly, a lot of work has been done in the textile sector in Jharkhand. Many big companies are setting up production units in Jharkhand. This has given employment to our girls in large numbers.

Earlier these girls used to migrate to other states for 5-7 thousand rupees, now they are getting employment at home. The State Government is also focused on food processing. The Government is also providing employment and self-employment opportunities through skill development.

In Jharkhand, Limca Book has awarded the Government for employing the maximum number of people in a single day.

All the public interest policies of the Central Government have been fully implemented in Jharkhand,” said the CM. The CM said that after the coming of Modi ji’s Government at the Center, politics of casteism and communalism has ended in the country. People are with the politics of development.

The poor and middle families in the country have the opportunity to live with dignity. In response to a question on the CNT-SPT case, he said that those who misled the tribals and grabbed their land are violating the CNT-SPT the most.

First phase of Harmu river revamp almost over, nothing to show for it


A woman rag-picker was picking plastic bottles, polythene packets and other trash from the sludgy riverbed of Harmu river in Kadru on Tuesday, the stink of the black water enveloping the busy road.

It is difficult to imagine that the state government has already spent Rs 81 crore out of Rs 85 crore earmarked for the first phase to renovate this river, a task undertaken by Jharkhand Urban Infrastructure Development Company (Juidco), an arm of the state urban development department. The river, a glorified drain, was dubbed “dead” by Jharkhand High Court Justice S.N. Pathak a fortnight ago.

But barely a kilometre away from Kadru, state urban development secretary Ajoy Kumar Singh on Tuesday along with officials of the department and Juidco took part in planting saplings at Tapovan, again on the banks of the Harmu river, and discussed the second phase of the rejuvenation project that’s likely to start in August.

Singh said the state government had decided to plant as many as 15,000 saplings on the 10.5km stretch of the river to protect the water and the environment. “Consulting and construction companies associated with the Harmu river project will be responsible to protect the saplings once they are planted,” Singh said and directed officials to hold regular meetings with residents who live near the river to ensure they are involved too and don’t pollute the river. He also directed Juidco to put iron nets on the flanks of the bridges so that garbage is not thrown in the river.

Amid the plethora of directives, it was not hard to miss Juidco had not even done Harmu’s basic clean-up till date. Team Telegraph on Tuesday morning found the river choked at several points with plastic bottles, thermocol plates and polythene bags.

Asked, a Juidco official said they surveyed 2,000 households close to the banks of the river and a number of nearby colonies, built seven sewerage treatment plants and diverted many drains directly flowing into the river.

“But over the years, the number of settlements increased and many more drains got linked to the river,” he said.

“The first phase of the work is complete a technical team comprising experts from BIT-Sindri, BIT-Mesra and state public health and works department have inspected it. Once we get the panel’s report, we will be able what else is further required and what we lacked,” the official said.

An Ranchi Municipal Corporation official told this paper that despite everything, the river was dirty. “Last month, RMC asked the state urban development department to clean the choked Harmu river. It is Juidco’s job. The situation is very bad and an urgent clean-up is needed. But we don’t know why Juidco is not interested,” the senior RMC official remarked.

Juidco had its own set of excuses. A senior official of Juidco associated with the river project said it was technically impossible to clean the entire stretch till a proper plan was worked out. “Removing garbage from a couple of places is no solution. The river has become Ranchi’s dustbin. People dump garbage in the river, drainwater flows into it, these are the bare facts.” An official on the condition of anonymity alleged that the river rejuvenation project conceptualised in 2015 had a hastily prepared DPR but did not elaborate.

In the second phase, more sewerage treatment plants are set to come up and more drains diverted from the river. A solid waste management plant is also expected. But the Juidco official, who’d claimed the DPR was made in a hurry, said: “It will take at least a decade to rejuvenate this river.”

Jharkhand govt committed to development of 3.25 cr people: Raghubar Das tells NITI Aayog


Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das said the state government is working to provide better health facility, education and infrastructure.

The state government is committed to the development of 3.25 crore people, he said at a meeting here with NITI Aayog officials.

Jharkhand has made significant progress in education and the state is continuously developing its health sector as well, an official release quoting Das said.

“Our goal is to take the state at the forefront in these sectors,” the chief minister said.

Das said that the state government and the NITI Aayog are doing good work together and the partnership would continue.

The NITI Aayog understands our expectations and cooperating in reforming our shortcomings, he said.

According to the release, the Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog, Rajiv Kumar, said that reviews were carried out on important issues during the meeting with the state government on Wednesday.Kumar praised the state for progress in education, for eradicating child marriage and doing away with malnutrition, the release said, adding, Kumar also lauded the state government’s effort to train 10 lakh women in various fields.