Nagpur: The Standing Committee of Nagpur Municipal Corporation on Friday held its meeting, the first after passing of the civic body’s budget for the financial year 2017-18. The Committee gave its approval to many important proposals including Rs 73 crore loan for replacing old sodium vapour lights, tube lights, and CFL bulbs of the streetlights with the energy saving LED bulbs.
Talking to media persons after the meeting, the Chairman of Standing Committee Sandeep Jadhav said that a proposal to seek permission of State Government for procuring loan of Rs 73 crore for installing LED bulbs on streetlights was approved. The Electrical Department will change all the cables, and also replace old electric poles. Another proposal of sterilization of stray dogs in the city was also approved. The NMC will spend Rs 700 per dog for sterilization process. The city has approximately 50,000 stray dogs and the sterilization process is likely to cost Rs 350 lakh. The Committee revised the expenditure and made an increased provision of additional Rs 25 lakh. The EOI will be sought from experienced and service-oriented organisations through Chennai-based Animal Welfare Board of India, Jadhav said.
Jadhav further said that during the recent NMC election the Municipal Commissioner had ordered purchase of various stationary on emergent works being done in civic body’s headquarters and zonal offices. The Commissioner had on January 12, 2017, approved purchase of stationary worth Rs 50 lakh from the same three firms for the next three years. The three firms, M/s Gurukrupa Stationers and Printers, M/s P & G Sales Corporation and M/s Sudarshan Papers Converting, had accepted the terms and conditions laid down by the NMC. All these firms are Nagpur based. The proposal was sent to the Standing Committee as a formality but it was sent back in the last meeting because the Commissioner has no powers above Rs 25 lakh. The subject was again brought in today’s meeting but the committee ordered a probe into the said purchase of stationary and the tenders of the next three years were cancelled. Floating of short tenders was directed, Jadhav said.
The Standing Committee also approved Rs 50.21 crore proposal for purchase of Section-cum-Jetting Machine for Gandhibagh Zone from Pune-based M/s Kam Avida Enviro Engineers Pvt Ltd as the firm quoted the proposed rate at 11.43 percent less. A Rs 26.31 lakh proposal for work of installing 20 metre high mast lights at Bhandewadi Dumping Yard, improvement in electricity facility on Bhandewadi-Bidgaon Road was awarded to M/s Sonu Electricals.
A Rs 15.14 lakh proposal for laying of sewer lines in Sanjay Gandhi Nagar, Bhole Baba Nagar, Shriram Nagar of Prabhag 34 in South Nagpur was prepared under Slums Improvement Scheme. The State Government is providing 100 percent grants for the work. The proposal was given the nod.
Construction of Rs 57.07 lakh cement road from Kapse Square to Old Bagadganj Road in Prabhag 38 was approved. Three supervisors and 76 security guards have been deployed for protection of NMC properties at headquarters and all zones. The tenure of all these men has ended on June 15, 2017. A proposal for taking service of these supervisors and security guards for one more year was approved.
The State Government had on December 20, 2016, sanctioned Rs 95.37 lakh for development of Tulsi Garden and Jagruti Colony garden as green space development under Central Government’s AMRUT Abhiyan. M/s Rainbow Greens assured to complete the work at 5 percent less amount for Rs 94.90 lakh. The proposal was approved by the Standing Committee.