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State Urban development secretary convenes meeting over industrial township

Jamshedpur : Majority of stakeholders in Jamshedpur want the Steel City to be accorded industrial township status.

During an important meeting held at DC office they opined that an industrial township is the better option, where the civic authority work in much efficient manner and the public-private partnership module could be implemented future development.

State urban development secretary, Ajoy Kumar Singh on Wednesday convened a meeting on whether the city should have a municipal corporation or industrial town status at district headquarters.

Elected representatives, petitioners – Tata Steel and Jawaharlal Sharma – trade bodies and social organisations took part in it.

Jamshedpur MP Vidyut Baran Mahto, Jamshedpur East MLA Raghubar Das, Jamshedpur West MLA Banna Gupta, Ghatshila MLA Ramdas Soren, Potka MLA Meneka Sardar, T. V Narendra, MD Tata Steel, Jusco MD Ashish Mathur, Tata Steel plant head A. B Lall were also present.

According to officials of trade bodies, a provision under Article 243Q of the Constitution provides that such areas where any industrial establishment is providing civic facilities, the Governor of the State may, keeping in view the population of the area, constitute an industrial township body.

The meeting was called following directive issued by Supreme Court on September 2 to the State government to file an affidavit if it wants industrial town status for the city based on the opinion of stakeholders. The next hearing is scheduled on September 26.

After the meeting Ajoy Kumar Singh said that the meeting saw participation of all the elected representatives, petitioners, different NGOs and trade bodies and majority of them agreed that city should be accorded industrial township status.

The stakeholders also wanted Tata Steel to withdraw the special leave petition (SLP) from the Supreme Court and include the 86 bastis (urban slums) in its lease area and provide basic amenities (water, power etc) to urban slums.

State urban development secretary further added that the members want that there should be proper representations of elected representatives, bureaucrats and corporate sector in the committee. A final decision on composition of the committee would be taken at a meeting to be held with state chief secretary Sudhir Prasad expected on September 20.

Singh also said that Tata Steel has agreed to provide civic amenities to all the 86 urban slums in its SLP before the apex court.

It may be mentioned that in December 2004, the then BJP government in Jharkhand had taken initial steps towards declaring both Jamshedpur and Bokaro cities as ‘industrial townships’.

The development of Jamshedpur, it’s ever increasing traffic menace, law and order, arbitrary sanctions of building plans, and its blatant violation was discussed.

“I think there is reinstate the Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee in its original form. Since, the current system of running the city with a special officer is not suitable for a big city like Jamshedpur. Numerous faults have been attributed to this system and at present accountability cannot be put to any single authority,” noted an official.

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