Bhubaneswar Development Authority
BHUBANESWAR: The Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) is planning a massive shake-up in its manpower and decision-making process to suit its centemporay role.
The agency's responsibility has altered dramatically since 1983, when it was formed, with enforcement of norms taking centre stage compared to planning, BDA sources said.
The BDA has decided to take assistance from the central government-run National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), New Delhi, which is involved in research, training and information dissemination pertaining to urban development and management, for the revamp.
BDA vice-chairman Krishan Kumar recently wrote to NIUA, asking it to prepare the concept and the approach note. NIUA would take up the assignment as the lead consultant, Kumar said.
A BDA officer said the restructuring is aimed at strengthening internal control mechanism of the agency. The consultant will prepare vision and mission statements, goals and objectives, duties and responsibilities for every wing and branch of BDA. It would also outline organizational structure reforms and required changes in the Orissa Development Authorities Act, 1982, and use of information technology tools. Benchmarking of services, monitoring and independent evaluation would be part of the reform, the officer said.
The officer said the overhaul is needed in view of newer challenges such as huge workload of planning approval, monitoring implementation of plans and encroachments on government land. "Time-bound delivery of services is a major challenge for BDA. At present, it is found lacking in implementation of regulations because of an inept enforcement wing, which needs further strengthening. These were non-issues when BDA was formed," the officer said.
With the state government focusing on affordable housing, the agency's mandate at present is to construct maximum houses for economically weaker sections, the officer added.