Light Rail Project: Govt. of Madhya Pradesh okays set up of Metro Rail Company


BHOPAL: State cabinet chaired by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday gave green signal to constitute Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Company for implementation of light metro projects in Bhopal and Indore. Recently in the urban civic polls, the light metro was part of both the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress’ manifesto.

Board of directors of the state metro rail company will be headed by the chief minister while minister for urban development Kailash Vijayvargiya will be its vice-chairman. Company will also constitute an executive committee comprising of mayors of Bhopal and Indore, state chief secretary and other officers.

In another major decision, cabinet sanctioned re-densification of the congested north and south TT Nagar in Bhopal. Minister for health and state spokesman Narottam Mishra said, “There are 2,767 dilapidated government quarters of different categories in this part of the town. Under the re-densification scheme, private investors will demolish existing houses and construct 4,284 houses of various categories and hand them over to the state government.”

Cabinet also approved work of urban infrastructure by Bhopal Development Authority (BDA) including 1.53 kilometre long flyover, 0.94 km long grade separator, new building of Kamla Nehru School, construction of new roads and widening of old thoroughfares. A sum of Rs 1,250 crore will be spent on construction of houses. Estimated cost of works to be undertaken by the authority is Rs 454 crore.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan government also decided to give promotions to assistant veterinary field officers of animal husbandry department. Earlier, there was no promotion channel for this cadre. They retired from the same post on which they are recruited. Narottam Mishra explained following Tuesday’s cabinet decision, an assistant veterinary officer can now be promoted through upgradation of post after 12 year service.

Veterinary field officers will be promoted as senior veterinary field officers after 10-year service and the same officers will be promoted as livestock zonal officers after 8-year service. The posts created include 1,100 of veterinary field officer, 308 of senior veterinary field officer and 77 posts of livestock zonal officer.

Cabinet also revised decision of October 2009 on allotment of land to Central Schools. Now Central Schools will be allotted 4 acre land in municipal corporation areas, 8 acres in other urban areas and up to 10 acres in other areas at Re one as lease rent. (TOI)

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