Funds availability notwithstanding; Depts fail to resume work on languishing projects
Srinagar, Feb 13:
Despite being cleared for funding, several government departments have failed
to restart work on the languishing developmental projects.
For the last one
year, by Jammu and Kashmir Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation
Limited (JKIDFC) has approved funding for 5000 projects which were languishing
government departments are yet to start work on these projects.
“There are at
least 80 projects in Rural Development Department which were cleared by JKIDFC
for funding. The department has made no progress to start work on these
projects,” an official of Rural Development Department said.
The official said
most of these pending works fall in Chenab belt of Jammu region.
and Buildings Department has also failed to make any progress on languishing
projects despite approved by JKIDFC for the funding.
“Some of the
projects like road widening and construction of roads are languishing for
years. Despite availability of funds, Roads and Buildings Department, and Housing
and Urban Development Department have failed to start work on over 50 projects
which are languishing for years,” said an official.
Secretary, Arun Mehta, who is also the chairman of JKIDFC, has expressed
serious concern over delay in starting works.
“Mehta has raised
the issue with secretaries of several departments to ensure that the work on
the projects, cleared for funding by JKIDFC, is started immediately.
Departmental heads have also been warned of action if they fail to start work
on these projects,” an official of Finance Department said.
Secretary Finance Department Arun Kumar Mehta has also directed departments to
ensure geo-tagging of all the projects being implemented by the JKIDFC.
“With a view to
ensure effective real-time monitoring of the projects being implemented by the
JKIDFC, a geo-tagging facility has been created in JKIMS,” a government
officers as per the documents have to take photographs either online or offline
mode through the JKIMS portal
As per the
directives, the departments shall not forward the invoices without ensuring
that the photographs are uploaded in the manner prescribed to get real-time
picture of the work done.