I along with a large delegation from West Bengal attended the Empowered Steering Committee meeting at Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi. In the delegation were Chunar De (Project Director SPMG Kolkata), Chief Engineer KMDA, Chief Engineer KMWSA, SE KMWSA, Director IPE, Technical Expert IPE, Chairperson Budge Budge Municipality and Deputy Chairman Budge Budge Municipality. The evaluation committee was headed by Secretary to Govt of India Dr V Rajagopalan. Other members were Rajiv Ranjan Mishra Mission Director NMCG, Financial Advisor, Geneve Connors of World Bank, CPHE representative from MoUD, representatives from Department of Economic Affairs and the Planning Commission.
We presented the Sewerage Integration Work and Sewerage Treatment Plants at Budge Budge and Barrackpore. The Budge Budge Project Cost was Rs. 186 crores and that of Barrackpore was Rs 293 crores. Both were sanctioned for approval after intensive discussions.
The World Bank Team would visit Kolkata next on 19th Sep 2013
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In the morning, I called on Dr Sudhir Krishna, Secretary MoUD at Nirman Bhavan, Delhi and presented him with a list of 11 new projects under JnNURM that were already posed to the Ministry within the 31st August deadline prescribed by the Ministry. Dr Sudhir Krishna assured that he would advise concerned officers suitably.
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At Banga Bhavan today morning, before I went to Nirman Bhavan / Paryavaran Bhavan, I met, as per prior schedule, Mr Aswajit Singh MD of IPE and Mr Abhijit Ghosh, Technical Director of URS. Both consulting firms are making further project reports under NGRBA. I requested both to assign more technical persons so as to expedite preparation of DPRs.