Staff Reporter

Corporation to constitute monitoring committee

KOCHI: The Town Planning Officer of the Kochi Corporation will be made the special officer for completing the groundwork for the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) project. The Corporation will also form a committee of councillors for monitoring and expediting the paper works of the project.

Mayor Mercy Williams and Town Planning Officer S. Ajayaghosh had participated in the evaluation meeting of the programme held in New Delhi on May 29. The decision to form the committee follows the Delhi meeting.

As the Town Planning Officer has to shoulder large number of responsibilities in the Corporation, the work of the JNNURM cannot be given as an additional charge. Hence, it has been decided to put him in exclusive charge of the Mission project for the next four months, said Ms. Williams. The proposed committee of the councillors would meet daily to speed up the work and it would be able to complete the formalities without much delay, she said.

The Corporation briefed the Mission authorities about the progress it has achieved regarding the preparation of the master plan and City Development Plan, which are essential for getting assistance. While the Chief Secretaries of other States briefed the Mission authorities about the progress in their respective States, it was not the case with Kerala. Kochi was represented by the Mayor and the Town Planning Officer. However, Ms. Williams said that she met the State Chief Secretary, who was also in New Delhi for attending another meeting, and apprised him of the situation.

The Mayor proposes to meet the Minister for Local Administration to get a Government order issued for sharing of water information between the Kerala Water Authority and the civic body. The Authority had refused to share the water-use data with the agency appointed by the Corporation for the preparation of City Development Plan.

The Minister would also be apprised of the need for appointing a nodal agency for the Mission project and the mandatory reforms that were to be introduced for obtaining assistance from the Mission, Ms. Williams said.