Review gives dismal picture of Budgam development
Works lie in shambles, funds lapse
Budgam, Jan 4: In central Kashmir’s Budgam district, an evaluation of different development schemes has revealed that work on the projects is not going on satisfactorily due to lack of monitoring and funds lapse due to delay in utilization.
The verification report for these works taken up since January 2011 has exposed the mess.
Official reports revealed that various road and water supply projects have either not been completed or have turned dysfunctional in absence of proper monitoring or physical verification.
“It is due to improper functioning of the Additional District Development Commissioner that complaints of delay in the execution of developmental works and use of sub-standard material are pouring in from the masses State”, sources said.
“Majority of the ADDCs have not been conducting intensive tours despite the fact that in the guidelines laid down for their working it has clearly been mentioned that for a minimum of 15 days every month the ADDC has to inspect, review and monitor the progress of implementation of the developmental works and schemes in the district”, sources said.
As per the ‘Physical Status Report’ a Water Supply Scheme (WSS) at Rakh-Shalina constructed at a cost of Rs 27 lakh, commissioned in August 2009, had become dysfunctional as quality of work of the filtration plant is miserably poor.
“Prima facie it appears that the investment has gone waste as the filtration plant has functioned not more than one week and the public was being forced to drink polluted water of river Jhelum,” the official document reveals.
It stresses responsibility needs to be fixed through appropriate agency “so that erring offi cials involved in the process are identified and taken to task in the larger interest of public”.
The Performa pertaining to Dalwan Check road link said the executing agency had not cooperated in providing details and required documents pertaining to the road about 0.75 kilometers.
“After prolong persuasion the Assistant Executive Engineer concerned has divulged that GI and GII of the road has been done involving an amount of Rs 4.50 lakh against the claimed amount of Rs 6.00 lakh,” it said.
In a project for the up-gradation of Chadoora-Ichigam Road the physical achievements were not commiserating with financial investment. And the deviations and the extent of delay in actual project were not provided by ADDC, Budgam.
In case of Gudhsatoo-Lalgam road the ADDC didn’t furnish the whole information including the year of approval and completion of the project. As per the documents the physical work had not taken place as “the road couldn’t be located by the ADDC”.
Also the deviation from the project and suggestions from the concerned executing agency (Executing Engineer, R&B Chadoora in this case) were not given.
In Khan Sahib Degree College Road “the physical achievements are not justifying the amount demanded as the road is very small.”
Pertinently, on June 8, 2006, the Government had created the posts of ADDCs under order no. 726 –GAD of 2006 to carry out monitoring and physical verification of all developmental projects and schemes including centrally sponsored and special projects schemes functional in various districts.
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