Development works suffer in ERA’s era

‘Lack Of Manpower In ICT Affecting Progress’


Srinagar, Jan 12: Even as execution of the development schemes by the Economic Reconstruction Agency in state’s summer capital has missed the 2009 deadline, the works are unlikely to get completed in near future, raising a question mark on performance of the agency.
In 2006, the Agency, which is a Special Purpose Vehicle for implementation of externally aided projects, had taken different kinds of works in urban area of Kashmir—Srinagar—with completion target set for 2009.
Officials said the works which were funded by the Asian Development Bank were categorized into four different sectors—water supply and drainage works, revamping of water filter plants and construction of toilet blocks.
“The projects were estimated at cost of more than Rs 300 crore,” officials said.
They said for designing and supervision of these works in Urban Kashmir, the ERA, which came into existence in 2004 to look after the works under ADB loan assistance in urban and rural areas, had engaged a reputed consultant agency, Intercontinental Consultants and Technologists (ICT) for their design and supervision in the summer capital.
Under the allotted works, the agency had to construct four different water supply pipelines including Nishat-Doodganga, Rangil, Nishat to Zeenshah Masjid and Nishat to Magarmal Bagh.
It had to revamp four water treatment plants apart from executing the drainage projects including Rawalpora-Tengpora, Pohru Chowk-Chanpora, and Bemina Chow-Parimpora Fruit Mandi besides construction of 16 toilet blocks in different parts of city.
“The execution of most of the projects has not only missed the deadline but is expected to take much more time. Though the ERA had sought a new deadline of June 2011 from the ADB, given the pace of the work, it is likely to miss the deadline,” officials said.
They said the ICT had no permanent manpower in place in Srinagar, which was affecting the works. “It has no team leader, construction manager, procurement manager, experts in drainage construction besides other top officials.”
“Obviously the dearth of manpower will have an impact on the work on the ground,” said an official.
“The agency had on several occasions recommended names of some former technocrats to the ERA for hiring their services but for unknown reasons, the recommendations are not implemented,” he said.
About delay in execution of projects, Director ERA, RK Dubey said though June 2011 was set as targeted date for completion of the projects but the work is expected to go beyond the date by another year. He said due to the recent unrest in the Valley the development works were hit.
Responding to question on dearth of manpower in ICT he said they had received some CVs from the agency for engaging former technocrats on some key vacant posts.
“We will call a meeting of evaluation committee, which consists of officials from ADB also, to take a decision on the issue,” he said.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 12 Jan 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 12 Jan 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 13 Jan 2011 00:00:00 IST

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