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Minutes of the Second Steering Committee Meeting of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Project The second meeting of the Steering Committee constituted by Government of Gujarat to advise the Nodal Agency in various aspects of the project was held at 1.00 p.m. at the Committee Room of Forest & Environment Department under the Chairmanship of Dr. S.K. Nanda, IAS, Principal Secretary, Forest & Environment Department, Government of Gujarat. A list of officers and invitees who attended the meeting is attached herewith. The following Committee Members could not attend the meeting due to pre- occupation: 1. The Principal Secretary, Urban Development and Urban Housing Department 2. The Chairman, Gujarat Pollution Control Board At the outset, Shri E. Balagurusamy,IFS, Project Director (ICZMP) and Member Secretary, Gujarat Ecology commission (GEC) welcomed the members and requested Dr. S.K. Nanda, IAS to chair the meeting. A powerpoint presentation was made by Mr. Nischal Joshi, Head of Operations, Gujarat SPMU regarding overall progress of the project achieved so far. The following points were discussed: - A dedicated Toll Free Number – 18002337960 installed at Gujarat Ecology Commission (GEC) for attending the queries related to ICZM Project. Shri C.L. Meena, IAS, Principal Secretary (Finance - Expenditure) pointed out that the person who is going to operate this Toll Free number should have enough knowledge of the project and a responsible person to give proper reply. - Director, GEER Foundation informed that they have already started recruiting new research staff like Junior Research Fellows, Research Associates, Accounts Assistants etc. During the interview held in the month of October, 2010, proper candidates could not be recruited and therefore, the entire recruitment procedure is to be repeated. However, few staff has already been recruited. As far as building construction is concerned, process of finalising the design is still pending. At this juncture, Principal Secretary (Finance) as well as the Chairman showed their concern and informed that these pending works should be immediately taken up and completed by the end of December as there is always a likelihood of cost escalation in future. Director, GEER Foundation informed that all the required information has already been furnished to the consultant engaged by SPMU for designing the building. The Project Director, however, assured that the designing of civil works will be finalised as soon as possible for the preparation of bid documents. Project Director also pointed out that Director, GEER Foundation usually remains over burdened with works other than ICZMP and he will be requested to allot sufficient time for looking after the activities related to ICZMP so that works are not unnecessarily held up. - Municipal Commissioner, Jamnagar informed that though eight bid documents were taken by eight parties, only two bidders had submitted bids in the sewage collection systems. The rates quoted were found to be almost 40% above the estimated cost. Principal Secretary (Expenditure) enquired whether negotiations were held with L1 bidder but it was informed by Shri Nischal Joshi that as per World Bank norms, negotiations are not permitted and the only option left is to go for re-tendering. It was also informed to the members that both the bidders didn’t meet the required qualifications and their bids were not substantially responsive. One of the conditions for the qualifications is the bidder should have experience of completing a project of at least 90% of the total contract value. Chairman emphasised the need for reducing the benchmark of qualifications so that more number of parties can be involved in the bidding process. Moreover, since it is very difficult to get a bidder who has past experience of handling 90% of the total cost, it was decided to explore the possibility of diluting the same to 60%, in which case the World Bank has to be convinced. Chairman instructed that this should be taken up on top priority basis and we should also motivate parties from Mumbai to participate with reduced benchmark. - Sr. Scientist, Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) informed that the process of purchasing scientific instruments has already been initiated. They have held number of meetings with prospective suppliers and made enquiries about the cost of various precious instruments. The Chairman informed that the equipments which are required to be used in the field shall be purchased this year whereas remaining instruments can be purchased next year. - CCF, Marine National Park (MNP), Jamnagar informed that their current year target for mangrove plantation is 1300 ha., out of which they have completed 700 ha. on islands. Remaining plantations on fringe areas will be taken up in the month of January and will be completed within the current financial year. He also informed that advance works for shelterbelt plantations will be completed before 31st March, 2011 where as plantation will be taken up during ensuing monsoon. CCF, MNP also informed that specifications for boat to be purchased have already been finalised in the meeting held on 18 th October, 2010 in consultation with Marine Engineer, Coast Guard. - During the discussion on Gandhi Green Memorial Project at Dandi, Principal Secretary (Expenditure) informed that since certain activities are also undertaken by Dept. of Tourism, it should be ensured that there is no duplication of activities under this project. Project Director informed the members that certain activities have already been initiated like mangrove plantation, installation of solar street lights and beach cleaning etc. - Issue in respect of developing eco-tourism was discussed at length. The Chairman emphasised the need for training the local youngsters for snorkelling and scuba diving. Initially 100 youth may be identified and a suitable and competent trainer should be invited, who can impart this training in MNP area for coral based tourism. Moreover, Chairman also informed to explore the possibility of using acrylic glass materials to build “Walk through bridge”, for which Polycoat Services (India) may be contacted. This bridge can be installed just 6” above high-tide line for watching fringe corals. - The issue of establishing Marine Research Centre at Jamnagar was discussed at length. The Project Director proposed that instead of building the full- fledged central laboratory in Gandhinagar, which is proposed by GEER Foundation, such a laboratory should be established at Jamnagar. There are proposals underway by Gujarat State Bio-Technology Mission as well as Marine Notational Park, Jamnagar to establish research laboratories at Jamnagar. The area has already been identified for this purpose. Therefore, the Chairman emphasised that a combined Marine Research Centre consisting of various mandates of four different agencies viz. GPCB, MNP, GSBTM and GEER Foundation should be established at Jamnagar with an inter-disciplinary team of scientists. This research complex can be headed by CCF, Marine National Park and administrative expenditure can be booked under the amount of interest earned from funds available with MNP Society. This would also ensure non-dependence on the World Bank funds for running the Marine Research Centre. - Chairman was also of the opinion that from the funds available under ICZM Project for entry point activities, possibility should be explored for installing a desalination plant in MNP area where water can be utilised by local communities for drinking water purpose. Annual Action Plan 2011-12 - The issue related to approval of total financial outlay for financial year 2011- 12 was discussed. Though the total amount required as per the provision of project is `96.00 Cr., Chairman as well as Principal Secretary (Expenditure) emphasised that instead of thrusting upon activities on various Project Executing Agencies (PEAs) to utilise the amount as shown in the cost table, steps should be immediately taken for ensuring the activities which can be actually taken up by PEAs within the financial year and it should be presented in the 3rd Steering Committee meeting which can be held in the month of January/ February 2011. This would ensure total utilisation of funds within a specific time limit. Then after, there were no more issues to be discussed and meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair. Chairman Member Secretary &&ncccc & Principal Secretary, Forest & Environment Dept.
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