11 major projects under execution without administrative approval
Coming Up At Huge Cost These Include Jammu Golf Course, SPS Museum Srinagar, Convention Centre Leh
Jammu, Jan 20: Subverting the norms and throwing the financial code to winds, as many as 11 major projects, costing around Rs 283 crore, are under execution in Jammu and Kashmir without any administrative approval.
Sources informed Greater Kashmir that 11 projects, including five each in Kashmir and Jammu divisions and one in Leh, taken up for execution during the past last four to 10 years without any administrative approval, are still incomplete.
The estimated cost (revised several times in most of the cases) of each project ranges between Rs 10 to Rs 45 crore and includes some prestigious projects like Jammu Golf Course, district hospitals of Rajouri, Doda, Shopian and Ganderbal, SPS Museum Srinagar and Convention Centre Leh, sources said.
They further said that all these projects, in view of the magnitude of cost, required approval from the state cabinet. “In case of these 11 prestigious projects, no rule was followed by the government and it is being assumed that the administrative approval was deliberately not sought by the concerned executing agencies,” sources said.
Sources disclosed that every project costing Rs 5 crore or above needs approval from the Planning Department, financial concurrence from the Finance Department and finally the state cabinet approval. But in case of these projects no such procedure was adopted.
They said the administrative approval was also imperative for a project as it binds executing agency to complete it in a stipulated time-frame failing which the executing agency was liable to be subjected to disciplinary action. But in the absence of administrative approval, no time-frame was set for completion of these projects which led to huge cost escalation, causing enormous loss to state exchequer, sources added.
They further said that all the 11 projects were facing delay with a huge gap between the funds released and expenditure incurred.
“The cost of the district hospital Rajouri, started with an estimated cost of Rs 18.07 crore and scheduled to be completed by 2009, has been revised twice and was enhanced to Rs 46.40 crore after the last revision in 2010, but the project is still incomplete,” sources said, adding that similarly the cost of other projects has also multiplied many times.
The other projects being executed without administrative approval include Sidhra Golf Course taken up at an estimated cost Rs 41 crore out of which Rs 20 crore stand released till date, District Hospital Rajouri taken up at an estimated cost Rs 46 crore with Rs 23 crore releases, District Hospital Doda taken up at an estimated cost Rs 32 crore with Rs 22 crore releases, Community Health Centre (CHC) Basohli taken up at an estimated cost Rs 10 crore with Rs 9 crore releases while expenditure so far is Rs 7.6 crore, CHC Chenani taken up with an estimated cost of Rs 13 crore with Rs 8 crore released and expenditure booked Rs 4 crores, District Hospital Shopian taken up with an estimated cost of Rs 23 crore with Rs 2.5 crore released, Convention Centre Leh taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 15 crore and Rs 4.5 crore released, District Hospital Ganderbal taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 52 crore with Rs 8 crore released and expenditure of Rs 7 crore booked, SPS Museum Srinagar taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 30 crore with Rs 28 crore released and expenditure of Rs 20 crore booked, Sub-District Hospital (SDH) Kokernag taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 11 crore with Rs 10 crore released and expenditure Rs 7 crore booked and Sub-District Hospital Yaripora taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 10 crore with Rs 5 crore already released.
Lastupdate on : Sun, 20 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 20 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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