Jharia Rehabilitation and Development Authority
Jharkhand: The 28-acre plot at Nipania in Baliapur block of Dhanbad where 2,000 quarters are to be constructed for the displaced.
The Jharia Rehabilitation and Development Authority (JRDA), wiser from previous experiences, has scrapped its biggest-ever project worth Rs 224 crore to bypass land hurdles.
The agency on Tuesday cancelled the tender issued for construction of 6,000 residential quarters on 120 acres of BCCL land at Nipania Mouza in Baliapur block, Dhanbad. The flats were to be used to rehabilitate victims of Jharia underground fire.
Instead, the JRDA is now planning to float a fresh tender for building 2,000 quarters on 28 acres at Nipania at an estimated cost of Rs 86 crore.
The office order for the cancellation of the tender was issued as per the decision taken during the JRDA board meeting held under the chairmanship of North Chotanagpur Commissioner S.R. Meena at the district collectorate on August 13. Deputy commissioner Prashant Kumar, who is also holds the post of JRDA MD, BCCL officials and others were present.
Confirming the development, chief manager (civil), JRDA, Sunil Delela said, “A tender notification for the construction of 2,000 double-bedroom quarters will be issued within a day or two.”
According to sources, the BCCL had given 120 acres of its land in Nipania to JRDA in early 2013 for building 6,000 quarters. Subsequently, JRDA invited bidders through e-tender for the Rs 224 crore project on January 31 this year.
Ultimately, two firms Brahmaputra Infrastructure Private Limited of New Delhi and KCPL Unity Joint Venture of Mumbai had applied for the technical bid.
However, JRDA found out that a large number of land owners, who had given their plots to BCCL back in 1984, were yet to receive compensation.
Stung by numerous protests over land issues in the past, JRDA, thus, decided to cancel the tender to avoid troubles. Nevertheless, it decided to use around 28 acres out of the total 120 acres at Nipania as the owners of those plots had already been compensated.
“Sticking to the initial plan would have created unnecessary problems. JRDA faced massive protests in Belgarhia, where the agency was supposed to build 2,000 quarters on 45 acres of land,” said a senior district official.
He added that the tender for Belgarhia project was issued in November 2011. But JRDA could start work on only 7.54 acres ---- where 960 quarters are currently being constructed --- by the end of 2012 after several rounds of talks with the local residents. The remaining 37.46 acres are still locked in disputes.
Dalela said the work in Belgarhia was going on fast. “We will also issue a separate tender for the development of civic amenities, like drainage system, installation of water tanks and other facilities, for the 960 quarters so that the flats can be made ready before February next year,” he added.