Jammu, Nov 12: Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta Friday chaired a meeting to review the progress of pollution abatement of River Devika and Tawi at Udhampur town under the National River Conservation Plan.
An official spokesman in a statement issued here said that giving details, Administrative Secretary, H&UDD said that once it is completed, the Rs 186.74 croreproject would benefit around 76,041 persons in the district.
He said that the construction of Ghats under the package of the project had been completed although there had been a delay of five months.
Stating that there had been physical progress of only 39 percent in the construction of sewerage network of 124.22 km under the package II of the project, the Chief Engineer, UEED said that the project had been marred with significant delays even though the contractor had been penalised.
Divisional Commissioner, Jammu said that he had asked the departmental engineers to prepare an activity delay chart and work out the penalty to be imposed as per the contract.
Deputy Commissioner Udhampur shared the resentment brewing among the residents of Udhampur town in areas where the contractor had dug up roadsides for the project and not refilled or restored them for a long time
Stating that the execution of the project had to be expedited, the chief secretary directed the department to take all the measures necessary as per the contract to improve the pace of the execution.
Mehta asked the department to penalise the contractor in case he does not immediately improve the pace of the work at the site.