Construction of Jharkhand Urban Planning and Management Institute (JUPMI) is going on in full swing and is expected to be ready before the end of this year. Jharkhand State Urban Development and Housing Minister CP Singh who inspected the ongoing work of Ranchi Smart City also visited the construction site of JUPMI last week and instructed the officials complete the work before November this year.
JUPMI building is being constructed on a 7.5 acre land at an estimated cost of Rs 106 crore. Construction of JUPMI started in 2017 when the tender was issued. The campus will also include hostel, staff quarters and other facilities.
The proposal to set up urban planning and management institute was originally mooted in the year 2016 for capacity building of officials and elected representatives. It will function as capacity building centre for all the employees, both contractual and regular, of 41 local bodies in the state and also elected representatives like ward councillors, deputy mayors and mayors.
Though such training is presently being given by the department itself, through JUPMI it can be done in an organised way. This apart, the plans are also to rope in local youth and train them about the various schemes of the government like Swachh Bharat Mission and others. There is also a plan to start academic courses in the institute right from certificate course to diploma, degree and master courses. The courses will be related to urban development, planning and management and other related subjects and the JUPMI will tie up with Jharkhand University and other universities for the purpose.