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Blue print for constitution of ‘industrial township’ in Jamshedpur expected soon

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Jamshedpur : The state government is geared up to finalise the exact blue print for constitution of industrial township in Jamshedpur company command area.

State urban development and housing minister C. P Singh, who attended vikash parva (held in different districts to observe two-years of Raghubar Das led BJP government) at Adityapur in Seraikela-Kharsawan said that the district administration has been asked to draw the blueprint of the constitution of industrial township status for Jamshedpur company command area.

“The work is in full progress and it will get finalized soon. The urban development department will take a decision soon after receiving the blueprint of the industrial township proposal of Jamshedpur from the East Singhbhum deputy commissioner.

Soon after formation of the industrial township in Jamshedpur, we will also according municipal corporation status to Mango (which is current under Mango Notified Area Committee) and non-company command areas in Jamshedpur (currently under Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee) while Jugsalai (currently under Jugsalai municipality) will get a municipal council status,” said the minister speaking on the sidelines of the meeting at Adityapur.

The minister said that the deputy commissioner of East Singhbhum has been asked to conduct meetings with all stakeholders in order to frame a blueprint of the industrial township status.

As per the plans, incidentally, corporation status will give each of these urban local bodies access to more funds and facilitate improvement of basic amenities while ensuring third voting rights for its residents.

Earlier this month, the district administration had held the first meeting of steering committee for preparing a blue-print of the industrial township status including demarcation of wards after Supreme Court earlier this month disposed off the case over industrial township status as both Tata Steel and state government mutually agreed on the issue.

It may be recalled that in 1998, Tata Steel approached then Bihar government for Jamshedpur’s industrial township status. In 2006, it filed a special leave petition before the Supreme Court, challenging the Jharkhand government’s notification and publication in its official gazette in 2005 of its intention to form a municipal corporation for Jamshedpur. The Supreme Court had then directed status quo on the issue.

One of the officials of a local company said that an industrial township is the only solution, where the civic authority work in much efficient manner and the public-private partnership module could be implemented future development.

He said that JNAC has been found lacking in many ways. Jusco provides the majority of the civic services to the citizens living within city while the State-run Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) provides municipal services in the peripheral areas of the city.

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