Staff Reporter

The beneficiaries of JNNURM have to get work orders to construct their own houses

BMC had to distribute the work orders by Feb. 26 to the beneficiaries

Work orders for 510 people in Baharatpur colony and 255 in Raghunathnagar had been finalised

BHUBANESWAR: Habitants of two major slums of the State capital have resented over delay in handing over of the work orders by officials of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) for construction of concrete houses under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

Under Basic Service to Urban Poor (BSUP) in the State, BMC had identified 996 families in Bharatpur rehabilitation colony and 645 families in Raghunath Nagar near Dumduma area to provide them pucca houses.

These families have got a concrete dwelling unit each under the central scheme. When BMC came out with proposals, no contractor reportedly came out to participate in the project. As a result, BMC decided to give work orders directly to individual beneficiaries so that they could construct their own houses.

All set

Accordingly, formalities such as plan, designs, estimates and work orders were finalised and it was decided to distribute work orders to slum dwellers by February 26.

But the civic body had added a clause that whole distribution process was to be executed under the supervision of local corporators.

Although there was clear official order to handover work orders to habitants of two slums, distribution was yet to take place. Even junior engineers were instructed to give layout plans of the buildings of the beneficiaries.

“For the last 12 months we have been actively involved in survey, identification of beneficiaries and other processes, but when everything is ready, officials are delaying distributing the work orders,” said Gopinath Nanda, one of the beneficiaries in Bharatpur area, here on Friday.

Delay

Sources in BMC said work order for 510 beneficiaries in Bharatpur and 255 in Raghunathnagar had been finalised. When asked BMC officials failed to give a satisfactory answer about the delay.