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Corporation drops move to acquire more land for Pumpwell bus stand project

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The Hindu          21.07.2017 

Corporation drops move to acquire more land for Pumpwell bus stand project

The concept plan of the proposed bus stand at Pumpwell in Mangaluru.  

Project consultant has said that there is no need for land now, says standing committee chairman

An uncertainty over whether to acquire an additional 11.59 acres for the proposed bus stand project at Pumpwell in addition to the 7.23 acres available now appears to have ended for the time being with a decision-making committee of Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) dropping the move.

The Standing Committee for Town Planning and Improvement in its meeting on July 18 decided not to acquire additional land. The council in its meeting on June 30, 2009, had resolved to acquire the additional land in the second phase.

A corporation official said the Land Acquisition Officer had asked the corporation to initially deposit Rs. 19 crore for acquiring the land. The corporation had not deposited the amount as there was no money. Hence, the proposal had come to a standstill.

Chairman of the standing committee, Abdul Rauf, said the project consultant had informed that there was no need for the land now. According to an estimate, about Rs. 40 crore was required to acquire the land, and the civic body did not have it at present.

According to Keshava, councillor, Maroli ward, compensation would have to be given to about 60 persons. He said that as the corporation had “reserved” its decision on acquiring land, property owners were not getting licences from the corporation and the Mangaluru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) for building new houses. They were unable to sell their properties. A clarity was needed on whether the corporation required the additional land or not for the project.

Mr. Rauf said the project design was being prepared taking into account the extent of the land available now (7.23 acre).

Premananda Shetty, BJP councillor, said the committee has taken a hasty decision. Considering the growth of the city, the matter should have been discussed in the council, MLAs and officials. When the project was conceptualised five years ago, it had been discussed to develop the Pumpwell area as a transportation hub. The corporation required land for the visionary project.


Pod taxi on track, BBMP floats global tenders

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The Times of India        17.05.2017 

Pod taxi on track, BBMP floats global tenders

| | Updated: May 17, 2017, 07.29 AM IST
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BENGALURU: Urban experts and civic activists might be skeptical about the proposed pod taxi project for five city stretches, but a confident BBMP is going ahead with it. The civic body has floated tenders and invited expressions of interest for the experimental project from eligible firms (national and international) handling cable car systems in urban areas.

Pod taxi or Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) is a public transport mode in which small automated driverless vehicles run along a network of overhead cables. Two to four passengers can be accommodated in each pod. Pods usually run on electricity.

Pod taxis, according to BBMP's requirements in the tender, should be solar powered, easy to operate and able to carry 15,000 people in an hour at a maximum speed of 100km per hour. The pro ject is titled "Cable Car Method Under Personal Rapid Transport System" for Bengaluru city, according to a copy of the tender dated May 15, 2017. Fastest mode of transport?

Once operational, pod taxis will be the fastest mode of transport in Bengaluru with a maximum speed of 100km per hour and usual speed of 60kmph to 70kmph. The maximum speed of Namma Metro, so far the fastest, is 90km per hour but the trains usually run at a speed of 40 kmph to 50 kmph.

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Nice moveSameer Kazi

"We are examining the project under public private partnership mod el where the in frastructure needed such as cable car guide rails, corresponding stations and other structures are to be pro vided by the operators. The scheme of execution will be design, build, finance, operate and transfer. The revenue model will be expressed in the EOI between BBMP and the interested parties," said a senior BBMP official.

The civic body has set June first week as deadline for firms to bid for the project.

DDA’s ‘gifts’ not enough for cash-strapped civic bodies

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The Hindu      11.07.2016  

DDA’s ‘gifts’ not enough for cash-strapped civic bodies

Over 50 parking sites were handed over recently to help boost revenue

Money churner:Among the parking sites transferred are those in Nehru Place and Janakpuri in South Delhi, Rajendra Place and Netaji Subhash Place in North Delhi.File photo
Money churner:Among the parking sites transferred are those in Nehru Place and Janakpuri in South Delhi, Rajendra Place and Netaji Subhash Place in North Delhi.File photo

The Delhi Development Authority may have gifted the three municipal corporations over 50 parking sites recently to help them boost revenue, but for the cash-strapped civic bodies these won’t make much difference.

The DDA had announced on April 27 that it would transfer the work of operating and maintaining its parking facilities in commercial centres to the municipalities in the interest of better and more efficient services.

In many markets and commercial centres, the DDA owned the land, while the municipal corporation concerned carried out sanitation work. The parking was outsourced to a private agency.

“…It has been decided to transfer this revenue stream from parking to the municipal corporations, which would boost the revenues of the Corporation as the services transferred to them involve substantial expenditure,” a DDA statement said.

While the corporations have no ownership rights over the land, a total of 54 parking sites, both currently in use and vacant, were recently transferred to the corporations for operation and maintenance.

The North and East Delhi municipal corporations, which have been undergoing a severe financial crisis, have been handed over 15 and 11 sites respectively. However, the addition is unlikely to make a dent in their mounting woes.

Not quite enough

“These additional parking lots will not have a major impact on our revenue. It is a welcome step nonetheless. What we need is the Delhi government to release the thousands of crores it owes to the corporations,” said Parvesh Wahi, chairperson of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation’s Standing Committee.

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation, which is the only financially-stable civic agency, has been given 28 parking lots by the DDA.

Subhash Arya, Leader of the House in the SDMC, said the parking sites would not make much of a difference, but the transfer from DDA would improve services.

“All parking lots in an area would be maintained by one agency, making the delivery of services more efficient,” said Mr. Arya, adding that the SDMC made Rs.30 crore to Rs.35 crore from its 78 parking lots annually.

Among the parking sites transferred are those in Nehru Place and Janakpuri in South Delhi, Rajendra Place and Netaji Subhash Place in North Delhi, and Laxmi Nagar and Karkardooma in East Delhi.

At present, the parking sites are being integrated into the existing system of the corporations, before they are outsourced to private agencies.

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