Only 50 % funds utilized in four years: Uncertainty, communication clampdown hit NIT upgrade
Srinagar, Dec 11:
Prestigious National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar has become the
latest causality to the internet clampdown in Kashmir.
deadlines for four years, the government was planning to complete the project
under Prime Minister Development Package (PMDP) by September this year.
Officials said uncertainty coup-led with communication blockade post abrogation
of Article 370 hit the project hard.
“We were planning to spend all amount released
till September this year but the communication lockdown derailed everything,”
said an official at NIT.
In 2016, the
Central Government sanctioned Rs 100 crore under the PMDP scheme for upgrading
NIT Srinagar. However, over the last four years, Rs 70 crore has been released,
of which only Rs 46 crore has been utilized so far.
“The sanction of
Rs 100 crore was aimed to give major push to infrastructure development. Out of
which Rs 70.36 crore has been released and Rs 45.69 crore has been spent. It
will take few more years to spend all the approved funds of Rs 100 crore,” said
schemes, hostel development, development of playground, laying of artificial
turfs, library, establishment of health center, upgrading classrooms into smart
classrooms, setting up of earthquake center and providing other facilities is
part of Rs 100 crore project
around Rs 18.06 crore has so far been
spent on data center and computer service center, Rs 2.8 crore on students hostel, Rs 36 lakhs on modernized
medical facilities, Rs three crore on physical education and Rs 10 crore on
upgradation of library.
Mohammad Farooq Wani, Dean Faculty Welfare and Coordinator for PMDP NIT said
the remaining amount will be released once they provide the certificate of
“It will be
submitted soon. More than Rs 30 crore is in tendering process. The
developmental works have been resumed. We will pick up the pace soon and
utilize the approved funds before the end of this financial year,” he said.