Govt dismayed over delay in completion of projects in Srinagar

‘Complete pending works at earliest’

MUKEET AKMALI
Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 14 2018 1:17AM | Updated Date: Nov 14 2018 1:17AM
Govt dismayed over delay in completion of projects in SrinagarFile Photo

Governor’s administration has expressed anguish over the delay in completion of developmental projects in Srinagar district and directed for completion of pending works at the earliest. 

Divisional commissioner Kashmir has been asked to ensure timely completion of languishing developmental and infrastructure projects.

A senior government official informed that the Governor SP Malik during recent meeting with officials has expressed serious concern over delay in completion of projects in Srinagar.

“He (Governor) passed on directions to divisional commissioner, Kashmir to ensure that projects are completed on time so that there is no cost overrun or delay which causes losses to the government,” he said.

According to planning department data, there are 28 developmental projects languishing in Srinagar district. Failure of authorities to complete three vital road projects on time is causing lot of incoveneince to general public. The widening of Qamarwari-Shalteng road is a case in point. Started in 2010, the widening of 2.7 km road was approved for completion at Rs 13.79 crore by July 2012. Later, the deadline was extended by another year. The department missed it too.

Sources said 89 residential and commercial structures—spread on 31 kanals of land—are coming in the way of widening of the road. These structures are presently housing 50 families and 239 shopkeepers. 

Another road project is Khanyar-Zadibal-Pandach (KZP) conceived in 1976, is still a distant dream. The estimated cost of the project in 1976 was pegged at Rs 58 crore which was later scaled up by Rs 100 crore. However 39 years down the line, the cost of the project as per the roads and building department officials has skyrocketed to Rs 1,000 crore. Now, the state government is finding it difficult to manage the funds out of the state plan for this project.

Another road widening project in the summer capital that has hit the roadblock due to paucity of the funds and slow land acquisition process is Syed Meerak Shah Road from Dalgate to Zakura.

In 2009 authorities started expansion of the Syed Meerak Shah Road from Dalgate to Zakura primarily for facilitating smooth flow of vehicular movement through congested areas of historic Shaher-e-Khaas here.

The 10.33 kilometre road widening project estimated at Rs 336.24 crore was aimed to serve as key surface link to Downtown, Hazratbal shrine and University of Kashmir. However, despite passing of six years, the project is going on at a snail's pace with even its first phase yet to be completed.

However, the divisional commissioner Kashmir held a meeting with the deputy commissioner Srinagar and heads of the various departments directing the officials to ensure time completion of projects. However during the meeting the officials raised issue of dearth of funds in delay in completion of projects. 

According to minutes of the meeting held under divisional commissioner Kashmir “Deputy commissioner Srinagar raised critical issues including the traffic congestion, infrastructure gaps in education, health and power infrastructure. The deputy commissioner also emphasized on the lenient execution of works by line department viz-a-viz, sanitation by line department like SMC, enforced market checking by legal metrology, installation of lights on boulevard by PDD, drainage network and water logging by SMC/UEED,” it reads.

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