Preparations in full swing for Monsoon Session

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jun 2018 09:55:09


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Administration to sign MoU with Ola Cabs for taxi service during the session

Rainproofing to be done at vital locations, alternative office locations finalised to ensure that work does not get hampered due to rains

‘Unconventional’ accomodation arrangements for police personnel on duty

With only a month to go for commencement of first Monsoon Session of State Legislature in city in last 47 years, the administrative machinery is busy with preparations that are in full swing. As the administration is used to making arrangements for Winter Session of State Legislature only, it has to think differently while preparing for Monsoon Session. As a result, some ‘unconventional’ and ‘unique’ approaches are being adopted.

“We are prepared for the Monsoon Session. Already, several co-ordination meetings have been held since the first meeting held on April 11, with various agencies concerned. We have taken stock of preparations vis-a-vis accomodation, transport, telecommunication, Internet connectivity, computers, postage etc,” Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, told reporters in a press conference. He was addressing the mediapersons on Monday, after one more multi-agency co-ordination meeting held at his office. As the Monsoon Session is being held in the city from July 4, it was a big challenge for the administration to requisition cars and other official vehicles of other departments.

For, these vehicles would be busy in flood control duties and it would affect regular work of the departments concerned during monsoon. “Hence, we have decided to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Ola Cabs. Regional Transport Officer is working on the details of the agreement,” Anoop Kumar said. Apart from Ola Cabs, 400 other taxis may be hired and e-tenders in this regard will be floated soon.

According to the Divisional Commissioner, Ola Cabs has expressed readiness to provide its cab service during Monsoon Session. It will save the Government funds usually invested in transporting the official vehicles to and fro the other districts of the State, maintenance, travel and daily allowances paid to drivers etc. Also, it will help in reducing pollution caused due to increased number of vehicles in the city during the session, he said. To a query, he replied that total 1,055 official vehicles of various departments were requisitioned for Winter Session of State Legislature held in the city in December 2017. These vehicles were requisitioned from Nagpur, Amravati, Aurangabad, and Nashik administrative divisions, he added.
Apart from this ‘unique’ arrangement, the administration is making some ‘unconventional’ arrangement for accomodation of especially the police personnel who will be in the city on duty for Monsoon Session. Ashwin Mudgal, District Collector, told mediapersons that the godowns at Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee’s yard at Kalamna would be utilised for accomodation.

The facilities like toilet etc would be made available to the personnel. Besides, 30 new rooms at Morris College, different hostels of various departments, YMCA hall, Bal Sadan, residential school at Waregaon, Shetkari Bhavan, dormetories at Divisional Sports Complex, rooms in City Police’s Bharosa Cell building, Chokhamela Hostel and other hostels of Government, and such good places were being considered for accomodation of police personnel considering that they would be working during rainy season, he said.

Already, the administration has got the weather forecast for the month of July for Nagpur city. Accordingly, Anoop Kumar said, there may be 10 days of heavy rainfall. “Considering this, we have planned to do rain-proofing at all the major installations including Vidhan Bhavan, Ravi Bhavan, Nag Bhavan, Hyderabad House etc. Further, we are finalising locations to serve as alternative offices of various Mantralaya departments. For instance, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University administrative building may serve as alternative office of Higher and Technical Education Department, building of Vidarbha Development Board may serve as alternative office of Planning Department etc,” he informed the mediapersons.

As far as availability of stationery and computer sets are concerned, Anoop Kumar said that the district administration had already finalised a tender for Winter Session held in the city in December 2017 and the same rates were applicable for one full year. “As such there is no need to worry,” he observed. Also, the administration has asked Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited to activate 272 telephone sets at Vidhan Bhavan and other vital installations from July 1.

Asked about arrangements for people from across the State taking out morchas or staging demonstrations during sessions of State Legislature, the Divisional Commissioner said that Monsoon Session usually did not witness many agitations or morchas. Still, he said, the administration had made adequate arrangements. As far as security measures are concerned, the meeting will be held with City Police in next few days.

Ashwin Mudgal, District Collector; Virendra Singh, Municipal Commissioner; K N K Rao and Sanjai Dhiware, both Deputy Commissioners; Sharad Jichkar, Regional Transport Officer; Radhakrishna Muli, Director of Information and Public Relations Department; Anil Gadekar, District Information Officer and other senior officers were present during the press briefing.

PWD floats tenders worth Rs 25 crore

Every time a session of State Legislature is held in the city, expenditure becomes the talking point especially when it comes to Public Works Department (PWD). PWD takes care of repairs and maintenance of all official bungalows of ministers, accomodations of senior Mantralaya officers, and staffers coming from across the State.

However, considering that only six months have passed by since Winter Session was held in the city in December 2017, not much of repair work is to be done ahead of Monsoon Session that is scheduled to start from July 4, said PWD officials. Still, they said, cleanliness and other works were to be done. The department will have to check if there is any seepage or waterlogging in vital official accomodations and installations. Considering all possibilities in the rainy month of July, PWD has floated total 145 tenders of various works collectively worth Rs 25 crore. These include rainproofing works and canopy and sheds from entrance of Vidhan Bhavan to the main building.
As far as allotment of bungalows to ministers as per their
seniority is concerned, a committee headed by PWD Minister will take final decision, said a PWD officer.