Some time ago, Hidco had sought applications for engagement of a Landscape Architect on contract. But the expert panel did not find any suitable candidate. Today a notice has been published in newspapers for engagement of Landscape Architecture firms for four zones in New Town.
Incidentally, we have engaged several architects in the last few months through Expression of Interest and competition judged by an expert panel. Some of these are (i) Nazrul Bhavan (ii) Bhagat Singh Bhavan (iii) NKDA Building (iv) Markets in New Town (v) Digha Gate (vi) New Digha Gate (vii) State Government Office Complex, Salt Lake and (viii) Special Renovation of UD Guest House in Salt Lake. For the last two, the last date of application is still away.
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Talking about Digha, we held a review meeting earlier this month and listed few initiatives that we have been taking. Some are (i) Digha By Pass Road- advancing fast (ii) Ayurvedic Health Centre - EOI closed; two responses received, being scrutinised (iii) Mega Tourism Hub - EOI closed; six responses received (iv) Tajpur / Alampur centre - EOI called, last date open (v) Gates for Digha / New Digha - Designers engaged (vi) Aqua Hub in Amravati Park - Construction on (vii) Main road to Digha - National Highway Status received (viii) Total station survey of Digha - Mandarmani - TajpurSankarpur - Work on (ix) Road-side Plantations - preliminary action initiated (x) New LUDCP for Digha - process initiated (xi) Deer Park - Project Report being drawn up (x): Saikatabas renovation - ongoing (xi) Embankment protection works - proposal for assistance given to Planning Commission. Along with DSDA, many other departments are also involved in these activities. I have not mentioned about ICZM related actions being taken with World Bank assistance.
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To make projects happen faster, the Finance Department has recently modified the Financial Rules regarding tenders, procurement etc. I feel it is a very good step and will help administration move faster. For example, DGS&D rates have been recognised as also certain govt agencies who may be engaged on nomination - and this includes the Development Authorities of UD Department. See Rule 47D in the following link: http://www.wbfin.nic.in/writereaddata/AMENDMENT_OF_PURCHASE_POLICY.pdf