Nagrik Chetna Manch demands DPRs for proposed civic projects

ST Correspondent
Monday, 2 April 2018

Pune: City-based NGO Nagrik Chetna Manch (NCM) has demanded that the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) ensure that all proposed projects have detailed project reports (DPRs) to avoid failure, financial mis-management and lapse in implementation or completion.

Pune: City-based NGO Nagrik Chetna Manch (NCM) has demanded that the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) ensure that all proposed projects have detailed project reports (DPRs) to avoid failure, financial mis-management and lapse in implementation or completion.

In a letter to top civic officials and civic office-bearers, the NGO sought urgent attention toward the new BRTS corridors in Pune. Copies of the letter have been sent to the chief minister and the prime minister.
Qaneez Sukhrani, NCM secretary underlined that the ministry emphasised on a DPR for the Mass Transit Systems in 2006 with a step-by-step approach. When the ministry saw that civic bodies were ignoring DPRs in 2011, the ministry created a toolkit stating that preparing the DPR is an ‘essential building block’.

“Also, according to the ministry, the DPR has to be created carefully and with sufficient details to ensure approval, appraisal and subsequent project implementation in a timely and efficient manner.”

“Hence, to ensure complete success of a project with public participation, we have demanded that Detailed Project Report, Pre-feasibility Report, Socio Economic Survey, Financial Feasibility Report, Environment Impact Assessment and Public Outreach should be prepared separately for each BRT route prior to the first trench being dug,” Sukhrani added.

She said, “When I filed a Right to Information (RTI) query on the BRTS, I did not get the DPR.

“They gave me the Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) instead.”
The PMC has proposed 68 km more of BRT routes. The budget for execution of these has been approved. Till now, the BRTS routes of 9 km and 7 km on the Ahmednagar and Alandi Road, respectively, have been readied.

The work continues on the Pune-Mumbai highway for a BRTS stretch of 5.7 km on Ganeshkhind Road for 6.5 km, on Sangamwadi Road for 1.2 km and the redesigning of Satara Road for 5.38 km.  

Rajendra Raut, Head of the Road Department of the PMC said, “In case of BRTS in the city, we have not made the DPRs. In place of that, we have prepared a CMP, in which section-wise DPR is prepared. Any person who files an RTI query on the BRTs, is given a copy of the CMP and not the detailed project reports.”

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