Rajasthan government to appoint town planners in every urban body – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: State government has decided to appoint town planners in every UIT and urban body of the state. For this process, 43 posts of assistant town planner are sanctioned and a creation of town planning cell in all urban local bodies of the state is approved, in which more than 200 posts of this cadre are sanctioned.

The various posts include assistant town planners, junior town planners, draftsman, that are sanctioned and approval has been given for new posts to be recruited and posted soon in all urban local bodies.

Another important decision includes the concept of ‘Nagar Mitra’ to be introduced for the first time for all the cities in the state. In this concept, technically qualified professionals and agencies will be registered as ‘Nagar Mitra’ who will provide technical assistance to the citizens in all the matters of permissions like patta, building plan, site plan, sub division/ reconstitution, regularization and various other municipal permissions on a government prescribed fee.

A senior town planner said that the relevance of urban bodies has increased and the focus on planned towns/cities has caught government’s eye. Hence, these posts are created to have a systematic development in the city. The decision was approved by chief minister Ashok Gehlot and UDH minister Shanti Dhariwal recently.

These professionals will also provide technical support to urban bodies on a normal fee. Cities will have number of such ‘Nagar Mitras’ registered, depending on the requirement of the city. These personnel will have technical qualification like architects, engineers, urban planners etc. including post graduates/graduate/diploma/ ITI etc. as prescribed by the government.

This new concept of ‘Nagar Mitra’ will create employment opportunities for more than 2,500 professionals to be registered for 213 urban bodies, including authorities and UITs.

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Jaipur Metro failed to reap centre’s benefits till date – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: At a time when tier-2 cities are launching and expanding Metro corridors with Centre’s assistance, the state capital has failed to reap the benefits as successive governments have never shown interest in the joint-venture.

This has become the major reason for slow expansion of the corridor in Jaipur. In the last five years, the cash-strapped Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) has only constructed 2.35-km corridor.

An official source at Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) said for the first time in 2013, in a public investment board meeting chaired by then Union finance secretary R S Gujral, a recommendation to allocate Rs 630 crore for Jaipur Metro Phase-I was given.

The approval also received a nod from the cabinet. But, the then BJP did not show any interest to involve the Centre and approached a Singapore firm to handover the project on Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.

The JMRC was seeking financial help from the Central government for Jaipur Metro corridor-I (Mansarovar to Badi Chaupar) in the form of equity. Out of the total amount, the government of India had proposed to provide Rs 472.5 crore as equity and Rs 157.5 crore as loan.

As part of the joint venture, the Centre was expected to provide approximately 20% financial assistance in the form of equity for the entire project. “If the assistance was taken, the JMRC could have utilised funds for the expansion of the corridor and state could have taken construction work of metro phase 1C and Phase- II rapidly,”

After CM Gehlot’s Budget speech announcement, the state also prepared a revised detailed project report (DPR) for the Jaipur Metro-II project and brought the construction cost to Rs 4500 crore.

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Over 3,500 plot owners of secretariat housing scheme urge Rajasthan CM to probe case – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: Over 3,500 aggrieved plot owners of the Secretariat Housing Scheme, who are waiting for the possession of land for the past 18 years, have once again submitted a memorandum to chief minister Ashok Gehlot to constitute a high-level committee to probe the land fraud matter.

In the scheme, the cooperative society had proposed to develop around 4,200 plots. While, in 2003, after organising camps, the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) issued lease deeds to around 700 plot owners, the remaining investors are running from pillar to post to receive possession of their plots.

Ashok Mehta, a member of the Secretariat Sangharsh Samiti, said, “The lease deeds were distributed by the then chief minister Ashok Gehlot during the camp. On, January 7, 2010, the layout plan of the society was also approved. However, office-bearers of the Muhna Housing Cooperative Co-operative Society are not giving possession of the land,” he said.

The victims, who remain deprived of their plots staged a protest at the assembly on July 19 2019, following which Gehlot took immediate action and handed over the case to registrar of cooperative societies.

For the speedy redressal and investigate the matter, three departmental committees were constituted. tnn

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Rajasthan CM lays foundation stone for 25 projects to be developed by RHB – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: Chief minister Ashok Gehlot laid the foundation stone for 25 projects via video conferencing on Saturday which will be developed by the Rajasthan Housing Board (RHB) in the state. These projects include 14 housing schemes, four affordable housing schemes, city park (Jaipur), coaching hub and others.

Appreciating the efforts, Gehlot said the board which was lying defunct during the tenure of previous BJP government, is now playing a crucial role in systematic development.

Gehlot said, “The previous government was seeing the RHB as a white elephant and planned to close it. However, the spirit of employees has given a new lease of life to the board. It is not only working in direction to provide roof to poor and others, but also developing infrastructural projects,” he said.

In Jaipur, two major projects such as city park and coaching hub will be developed.

An official said, the RHB will develop the city park on around 52 acre in Mansarovar area which is expected to benefit more than 50 colonies. The board plans to plant 21,000 trees of 32 different species in the area. The jogging track will be 3.5-km long, slightly shorter than Central Park. However, the size of the park is claimed to be bigger the Central Park which is 42 acres, he said.

Around 75% area of the earmarked land will be developed as green. The project has parking for 799 cars and 325 two-wheelers. The main entrance plaza of the park will be constructed at Madhyam Marg end.

The park will have three other gates which will open on Aravali Marg, V T Road and New Sanganer Road. Similarly, the board will develop a coaching hub in Pratap Nagar of the city which would accommodate nearly 70,000 students.

An official said, “The estimated cost of the project will be Rs 231 crore. Construction will be done only on 40% of the earmarked land and 60% land will remain open.”

As per the plan, there are eight education towers proposed in the project. Construction of five towers will be undertaken in phase-1 and the remaining three towers will be developed in phase-II.

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