The state level steering committee for the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission has forwarded proposals worth Rs 96 crore to the Centre, for a number of major projects to be undertaken in and around the city.
Panaji is the only city in the state, which has been selected under the JNNURM by the Centre. The projects include development of Miramar beach and Chorao jetty; re-development of entry to Viscount’s house; Divar jetty; beautification of Boca da Vaca precinct as well as Swami Vivekananda road up till the riverfront, and the development of a park at Dona Paula along with an ‘informal market’.
The Corporation of the City of Panaji has already spent Rs 68 lakh on the consultancy services for preparing the detailed project reports under the JNNURM. However, as per the CCP officials, Rs 38 lakh from this amount would be reimbursed by the state government, while the rest of the amount would be borne by the Corporation. “The amount spent by the CCP on the consultancy services is not even 2 per cent of the amount to be spent on these projects,” the officials noted.
Another set of works to be proposed under the JNNURM include development of the St Inez nullah, which is all set to be notified as a creek and requiring Rs 24.5 crore for its face-lift; e-governance for the Corporation of the City of Panaji at an estimated cost of Rs 15.5 crore; renovation of city parks, gardens, footpaths, jetties and public toilets at a cost of Rs 18.7 crore; and maintenance of heritage monuments as well as sites in the city at a cost of Rs 4.5 crore.
The heritage monuments and sites whose maintenance will be taken up under the JNNURM include churches at Ribandar and Panaji, British Cemetery at Dona Paula, Massano de Amorim precincts and so on.The CCP has further proposed to undertake solid waste management at an estimated cost of Rs 57.2 crore, in order to dispose the solid waste generated in the city.