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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.


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.


Corporation’s passenger boat conducts trial run

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The Hindu       06.12.2017 

Corporation’s passenger boat conducts trial run

Fort Queen, the passenger boat that the Kochi Corporation is planning to introduce in the Vypeen-Fort Kochi sector, conducting a trial run on Tuesday.  

KSINC has been contracted to operate the service

Fort Queen, the passenger boat of the Kochi Corporation, began trial runs in the Kochi waters on Tuesday.

Officials of the Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation (KSINC), which has been contracted for managing the service, successfully operated the boat for close to four hours.

The boat will cover the 300-metre-long Vypeen-Fort Kochi sector in less than five minutes. However, one lap would require around 20 minutes to complete as time has to be allotted for completing the passenger movement in and out of the vessel. The vessel has a seating capacity of 100 passengers, said Cyril V. Abraham, the commercial manager of KSINC.

The boat is expected to operate 54 trips a day.

The civic authorities are planning the formal launch of the boat service on Thursday.

The Congress-led civic administration had come under fire for the delay in launching the service. The service has been planned as an alternative facility for the jankar service which will be suspended for the construction of the mooring facility for the Roll On-Roll Off service of the Kochi Corporation.


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