*Representational Picture shows Bada Talab covered by the beautification project of the BJP government project without getting water cleaned and keep it clean.
Monsoon may be late however crores of rupees worth projects are raining in Jharkhand.
If laying foundation stones are of any indication,Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today kick started these projects,either online or by laying foundation stone and lighting the lamp at old Birsa Munda jail premise in Ranchi.
The programme began in a pandal with Das lighting the lamp.Among those VIPs who attended the foundation laying function included Urban Development Minister CP Singh,BJP MP Mahesh Poddar,three BJP MLAs-Jitu Charan Ram,Naveen Jaiswal and Ram Kumar Pahan.Mayor of Ranchi,Asha Lakra and Deputy Mayor Sanjeev Vijayvargiya.
In all,there were four projects.
*One,billed as Birsa Munda Smriti Park.Estimated cost is Rs 106.9 crore with facilities such as the state's Adivasi hero Birsa Munda,Jail Museum;Uranium museum;Tribal hut;Watch Tower(Height-60 Metres);Banquet hall;Freedom park and Yoga centre;Modern nursery;Beautification of Jail pond;and Basement parking
*Two,Ranchi Municipal Corporation Bhawan.Estimated cost Rs 48 crore.Double Block Design(G+4 and G+8).Total area-108242 sq.feet with seminar hall and basement parking.
*Three,conservation and beautification of Bada Talab.Estimated cost Rs 14.89 crore.The project plan entails its beautification,construction of landscaping,attractive lighting and 1702 Metre long pathway.
*Ramgarh Nagar Parishad and Khunti Nagar Panchayat Bhawan.Estimated cost Rs 8.96 crore.Billed as 'Smart Building(G+3) with total area -37810 sq.feet,it plans to carry 500 seat capacity seminar hall and carry basement parking facility.
As per the plan,these four projects are to be made ready withing 24 months.Strangely enough though two water bodies are covered under these four projects,none carries any scheme to clean its water and maintain its cleanliness.
Many leaders of the ruling BJP have welcomed these projects.However,eye brows were raised over rising number of buildings and cemented pathways,each is bound to increase the size of concrete jungle in Ranchi,Ramgarh and Khunti.
Critics say that since 'commission' in percentage varying between 20-40 percent of the project outlay, was earned quick and fast,no effort was made on maintenance.Which is why perhaps,no plan was made to clean and maintain eco- friendly ponds covered by these projects.