Capital monorail project gets SPV push

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Capital monorail project gets SPV push

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 | Avnish Sinha | Ranchi

The State Cabinet on Tuesday approved a special purpose vehicle — Jharkhand Urban Transport Corporation limited  for executing monorail project in Ranchi. The SPV would look into the execution part of the monorail and will ensure rapid development of the proposed infrastructure that has been planned for the capital.

The SPV will function under a Managing Director who will be assisted by other staff on the project. The significant development is clubbed with 14 other proposals approved by the State Cabinet today.  “The primary objective of the SPV would be to develop rapid transport system and would function in that direction,” said Cabinet Secretary SS Meena.

The monorail, which is touted to be one of the most ambitious projects, to end traffic woes and provide Ranchiites a hassle-free mode of transportation, would be stretched upto Greater Ranchi and proposals were being considered to provide connectivity up to the proposed new building of Project Building. Notably, the State government had approved the project with emphasis on a comprehensive mobility plan for 30 years to ease the burden on the capital’s roads.

Sources had divulged that the extended network envisages two additional stations — Jagannathpur and near CRPF camp in Dhurwa — had been suggested on the extended route.

Meanwhile, the State Cabinet gave its assent to the transformation of around 100 villages mostly dominated by schedule caste community through various development schemes under the Pradhan Mantri Aadarsh Gram Yojna. The village transformation scheme would focus on five districts-Chatra (36 villages), Palamu (22 villages), Hazaribagh (14 villages), Deoghar (18 villages) and Giridih (10 villages) - and around `41-crore would be spent to meet the objective. Of the total budget earmarked for the PMAGY, `21-crore would be the State’s contribution whereas `20-crore will be funded by the Central Government.

“Those villages where the SC population is 50 per cent or more will be selected for the scheme,” added Meena.

Waking up to need of water conservation, the state cabinet made water harvesting system mandatory for building that will come up on plot of 300 sqm or more in total area. The water harvesting system has to conform to the established standards for the purpose.

Significantly, to end parking woes and congestion near a building, the cabinet made it mandatory to reserve 15 per cent of the total parking space for visitors to a building and prohibited transfer of the dedicated space by today’s order. Moreover, dimension of multi-storey parking has been declared free from FAR calculation.

Tuesday’s administrative approval laid further stress on the development of alternate sources of energy and made it binding for group housing schemes to generate around five per cent of the total energy requirement through solar power. The administrative approval also made verification of the solar equipment a precondition for group housing schemes.

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