Sewerage Projects in J&K delayed, funds become excuse

TSL News Network 

Jammu, Jan 08: The implementation of the sewerage treatment projects being executed by NBCC and other executing agencies is still pending in twin capital cities of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Sewerage Projects for Srinagar and Jammu were sanctioned by the Centre at the cost of Rs 132.92 crore and Rs 129.23 crore respectively for integrated development of infrastructure in the cities.

Advisor to Governor Kewal Kumar Sharma was speaking at a meeting convened today to discuss the status of implementation of the sewerage treatment projects. The Advisor was informed by the General Manager NBCC that the work has got stalled due to non-release of funds.

It is imperative to mention that out of Rs 108.85 crore which has been released for Srinagar, only Rs 96.70 crore have been utilized whereas for Jammu, Rs 66.06 crore have been utilized against the release of Rs 70.21 crore by ending March 2018.

Former Chief Secretary B.B Vyas had also convened a meeting regarding the same in April 2018, all to no avail. The steps taken by Advisor Kewal Kumar Sharma by asking the concerned Chief Engineer, UEED, Municipal Commissioners to constitute a team of officers to monitor the progress of work on the sewerage schemes in Srinagar and Jammu on weekly basis were same as nine months ago.

General Manager NBCC places the completion of both the schemes for Jammu and Kashmir to a probable date of September 2019 if the funds are released.

The Advisor directed for immediate release of the pending funds if any so that the work is fast-paced on these prestigious projects and people get benefited from these. He also directed the executing agencies to strictly adhere to the timelines fixed for completion of these projects and ensure that there is no further delay on their part so that these are commissioned within the stipulated time set.

Financial Commissioner Housing & Urban Development, KB Agarwal, Secretary in Housing and Urban Development Department, Anil Kumar Gupta, General Manager NBCC, Chief Engineers and other senior officers attended the meeting.