KERALA

Corporation seeks senior officials

Staff Reporter

To implement projects aided by ADB and JNNURM

KOCHI: The city corporation has urged the State Government to sanction a few posts of senior officials for implementing projects funded by various agencies.

The city is set to receive assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

The corporation raised the demand for posts at a meeting convened by Minister for Local Administration Paloli Muhammad Kutty.

A team, led by Mayor Mercy Williams, demanded that posts of finance, accounts and social welfare officers, environment and mechanical engineers, and town planner be sanctioned.

K.J. Sohan, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Development of the civic body; E.M. Sunilkumar, Chairman of town planning standing committee; and V. Raju, Corporation Secretary, were in the team.

Proposals

The corporation has submitted proposals, estimated at about Rs. 10,000 crore, to the mission for projects in drinking water supply, sanitation, sewerage and urban transport. The bank had earlier sanctioned around Rs. 1,200 crore for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kochi, Thrissur and Kozhikode corporations. The aid is meant for sustainable development programmes such as improvement of drinking water system, urban transport, drainage and solid-waste management.

The city requires professional and senior officials for implementing the projects, corporation officials said at the meeting.

The six months given for preparing a master plan were insufficient.

The corporation did not get the support of the regional town planning department for obtaining a report on land-utilisation pattern in the city, the officials told the Minister.

Non-availability of documents pertaining to land-use pattern had affected preparation of the city development plan and detailed reports for projects under the urban renewal mission, they said.

It was suggested at the meeting that collection of property and professional taxes be improved to realise at least Rs. 25 crore annually.

Vacancies of building inspectors and junior health inspectors would be filled soon, said a team member.

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