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Corporation council revokes decision on Digital City project

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The Hindu     14.12.2017  

Corporation council revokes decision on Digital City project

To invite fresh expression of interest from internet service providers

The Kozhikode Corporation council on Wednesday revoked its October 11 decision to entrust Jio Infocom with the ‘Digital City’ project and decided to invite a fresh expression of interest from internet service providers.

The decision follows the High Court’s November 16 directive to ensure that Idea Cellular, which had moved the court over the project, be given a chance to take part in the bid.

A special meeting of the council was held on Wednesday to discuss the situation and to come up with a solution.

The bid in question had four participants including Jio Infocom and Idea Cellular Ltd. Three of them were disqualified to participate in the bidding process as they did not follow the rules set by the Corporation, and hence the project was granted to Jio Infocom.

However, Idea Cellular Ltd approached the High Court claiming that the Corporation refused to clarify some of the rules. The Court asked the Corporation to issue the clarification and ensure that all bidders had an equal opportunity.

Also, 13 councillors of the Opposition had submitted a Note of Dissent to the Corporation Secretary on the day the Council chose Jio Infocom for the project, alleging that the decision was not valid because there was only one bidder.

The Secretary had conducted an inquiry into this and found fault with the data provided by the Engineering wing, the implementing agency of the project.

Under the Digital City project, the selected internet service provider will have to set up high-mast light poles in select locations in the city. The poles will serve as the base for a Wi-Fi hotspot and surveillance cameras, connected to the police control room. The service providers will have to pay a monthly rent of Rs. 9,000 to the Corporation.

Besides, the Corporation can set up advertisement boards on the poles. The bids by the service providers other than Jio Infocom were rejected on grounds that they sought to share the poles with other service providers.


The decision follows the High Court’s directive to ensure that Idea Cellular, which had moved the court over the project, be given a chance to take part in the bid

Selected service provider will have to set up high-mast light poles in select locations in city

The poles will serve as the base for a Wi-Fi hotspot and surveillance cameras, connected to the police control room

 

GHMC earns Rs. 739 cr through DPMS

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The Hindu        07.12.2017  

GHMC earns Rs. 739 cr through DPMS

The GHMC has earned Rs. 739 crore by the end of October this year through the Development Permission Management System (DPMS).

The corporation has issued building permissions to 18,616 applicants, whose applications are complete in all respects as per rules.

A total of 22,246 applications were received online, as part of the system, and permissions were issued within a month, a statement from GHMC informed.

The system was launched in June 2016.

Merit award

GHMC is set to receive the SKOCH Merit Award in Delhi on December 20 for achieving transparency and accountability through online issuance of building permissions and occupancy certificates.

 

Work on Smart City projects to begin soon

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The Hindu          06.12.2017

Work on Smart City projects to begin soon

With the process to select the management consultancy to implement the city Corporation’s Smart City project in progress, the local body is hoping for the execution of various projects on the ground to begin early next year.

According to Corporation officials, work on the projects that can be implemented without a project management consultant can be begun earlier.

Projects that the Corporation can execute by itself are being identified.

Projects

These include projects for solid waste management at source, upgrading of anganwadis, smart bus stops and other similar projects.

But the projects for multi-level parking lots, shifting of various utility lines to underground ducts, skywalk and bicycle ways require a project management consultant.

A total of nine companies had appeared for the pre-bid meeting for the selection of management consultancy. But, with the local body keeping the bar high to ensure that only companies with adequate expertise and experience responded, only three companies responded finally — Wadia Techno-Engineering Services Ltd, Mahindra Consulting Engineers Ltd and IPE Global Ltd.

Technical committee

A meeting of the Board of Directors of the Smart City Special Purpose Vehicle will form the technical committee and the consultant selection committee for the technical scrutiny of their bids.

“The evaluation of the bids and selection of the consultants will take only one or two weeks. After that, we have to execute an agreement with the consultant.

“The consultant will then start the preparation of the Detailed Project Report for each of the projects.

“Preparation of some of these reports will take a longer duration of time, depending on the complexity of the project.

The consultant will also have the responsibility of managing the whole project,” said an official.

 
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