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Nashik Municipal Corporation invites bids to revive construction of incomplete JNNURM housing scheme

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NASHIK: Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has invited fresh bids for completing the construction of houses at Chunchale for the urban poor under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), after the last contractor stopped work on the project for not having being granted cost escalation.

Since there was a delay in acquiring a part of land at Chunchale survey no 75/A by the NMC, the contractor had asked the authorities for cost escalation. A total of 6,000 houses are to be constructed in Chunchale. The part of land on which a total of 2,240 houses are to be constructed (880 houses in one phase and the remaining 1,360 in another) was acquired recently. On being refused cost escalation, the contractor handed back this land to the NMC and refused to work. The NMC has thus floated fresh tenders for constructing these 2,240 houses in Chunchale which will provide basic services to the urban poor (BSUP) and housing. The construction of the remaining 3,760 houses under the scheme is in progress.

The housing scheme has been under the scanner for delayed work. While the civic body alleged that the existing contractor could not start the housing project on time, the contractor, in turn, said that he got the possession of land quite late.

“We have invited tenders for contractors who would be able to complete the remaining houses, besides those that the earlier contractor had already started constructing,” an NMC official said. “This will speed up the work,” he added.

Another official said the contractor had discontinued working and had handed over the land to the civic body after cost escalation became an issue.

“The NMC had reservations for paying the cost escalation amount that we had asked for. But we will complete the houses that we began constructing at the first place,” said Sanjay Patkar of Pawar-Patkar Constructions.

Patkar said that he has made good progress with the remaining housing schemes. “In Bhimwadi, Ganjamal we have completed the slab work while in Panchavati (Nilgiri Baug, Sanjay Nagar, Phule Nagar and Erandwadi) we will be completing the work in 3-4 months. In Samangaon, we will be completing the consruction of the houses in three months while in Anandwalli we will complete the work in one year because we got the possession of the land only now. Behind Hotel Sai Palace, 108 houses are ready for possession and another 320 will be completed in six months and in Gandhidham we will complete the houses within nine months,” Patkar added.

Municipal commissioner Sanjay Khandare said, “We cannot provide for the cost escalation due to some technical problems. Now we need to know what the current cost is. There is a provision under section 15 of the terms and conditions for tenders wherein we can get the current cost. The administration has approved the construction of the houses while the cost escalation has been approved by the general body or whatever amount is needed for constructing the houses.”

When asked about district collector’s notice for issuing tenders while the model code of conduct (CoC) was in place, Khandare said that all the work had been approved by the general body and the tenders were issued before the CoC was implemented.

JNNURM housing scheme

Total housing units initially 11200

1,500 of these to be removed from scheme

Total housing units now 9,700

Total packages 6

RCC work completed 4,948

2,300 units ready to be handed over

2,120 units allotted

Lottery of 820 houses conducted in Nilgiri Baug, Sanjay Nagar and Phule Nagar

160 units handed over and beneficiaries have started moving in

Lottery of 800 units drawn in Chunchale

Plinth work to be started in 1,340 units

Beneficiaries identified 8,546

Remaining beneficiaries to be identified

After completion of the project, the houses will be allotted through a draw of lots after which a society will be formed and individuals will have to apply for electricity connections

Various housing schemes

Location Number of units Status of units

Chunchale 6,000 1,728 RCC completed, 2,032 in progress

tender floated for 2,240

Wadala 720 720 completed

Behind Sai Palace 480 RCC completed

Bhimwadi (Ganjamal) 140 Footing level completed

Shivajiwadi 620 620 completed

Geetai Nagar (Takli) 60 Footing level completed

Sanjay Nagar 160 160 completed

(Panchavati)

Nilgiri Baug (Panchavati) 760 760 completed

Phule Nagar 160 120 completed, finishing work for 40

Samangaon (Chehedi) 320 Finishing stage

Anandwalli 80 Work has just begun

Gandhidham 160 Second slab laid

Timeline

Government of India launched the JNNURM scheme in 2005

Nashik among 65 cities identified

Projects sanctioned in 2006

Deadline March 2012 (seven years)

Actual work started in 2008-09 in Wadala, Chunchale, Shivajiwadi

In remaining places work began in 2010

Rs 334 crore sanctioned for 16,000 housing units

4,800 beneficiaries downsized in December 2011

Revised amount of Rs 321 crore for 11,200 housing units

1500 more units to be removed now

Revised amount is Rs 248 crore now

Rs 75 crore from Centre, Rs 45 crore from state and NMC has put in Rs 72 crore till date

Extension of two years granted in a review meeting in early 2012

Another year’s extension was sought last year

Final date of completion 2015

Issues marring the scheme

Land issues in two of the locations and opposition from the locals in another have forced the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) to remove 1,500 housing units. From the initial proposed 16,000 units, 4,800 were cancelled in 2011, reducing the number to 11,200. Now, 1,500 more units are to be cancelled.

The 160 proposed units in Satpur in the Gangapur area are to be scrapped due to strong opposition from the local people. “We tried to do what we could to convince people but they are adamant. Since it will not be possible to complete the project by March 2015 even if we manage to convince the residents now, we decided to scrap it,” said an NMC official.

Land issues have led to scrapping of In 1,340 units. While one site is located in Wadala, the other is adjacent to Nilgiri Baug. “In Wadala, where 660 housing units have been proposed, the slum dwellers are not ready to shift to transit camps despite the NMC trying its best to convince them. In Nilgiri Baug, 680 housing units will be scrapped as well. We had submitted the proposal to the government of Maharashtra two years ago,” the official said.

“The housing units that have been removed could be included under the Rajiv Awas Yojana. But the final decision in this regard is yet to be taken,” he added.

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