The developmental funds which couldn't be utilized by Roads and Buildings department (R&B) in Kashmir this working season owing to the uprising in the region would go for clearing the pending liabilities, the authorities said on Thursday.
"Our priority will be to clear the liabilities that were pending on account of different works in R&B department including macadamisation of roads," said Minister for roads and buildings, AR Veeri.
The official records accessed by Greater Kashmir revealed that projects worth more than Rs 1600 crore took a hit in Kashmir this year including the Rs 259 crores Rambagh-Jehangir Chowk flyover.
The R&B department had targeted completion of Rs 560 crore road projects and schemes under the state plan and central road funding (CRF) scheme. Besides, under the central sponsored Pradhan Mantri Grahmeen Sadak Yojna (PMGSY), the authorities had started work on 110 road projects worth Rs 300 crore and several Asian Development Bank funded infrastructural projects were also being executed by the economic reconstruction agency.
Now that the working season in Kashmir was almost over, an official said most of these projects would be taken up for completion next year. "There are projects and schemes both in the state sector and under central plan where the funds aren't lapsable and hence can be spent during next working season for completion of works," said the official. A senior official in the R&B department said they have sought details from authorities concerned from all divisions across Kashmir regarding the liabilities that were pending in their respective jurisdictions on account of macadamisation work and other infrastructural works carried during past few years. Besides, the official said there were some works already executed by the department till July this year when the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani triggered massive uprising and complete lockdown in Kashmir.
We will try to clear the liabilities on account of these works completed in the R&B department," said the official.
Confirming this, the minister said once they get the actual details about the liabilities, they would start clearing them.