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In absence of proper plan to execute works, central govt mulls fund block to J&K
‘40 per cent road works under PMGSY unsatisfactory’
SRINAGAR, Dec 9: The much hyped centrally sponsored road connectivity programme Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) seems to be marred by official inertia and unaccountability in Jammu and Kashmir as 40 per cent completed roads and 11 per cent under construction roads were found “unsatisfactory” by National Quality Monitoring agency during their recent visit to state.The team of experts appointed by GoI to inspect the undergoing programme across country also expressed their dissatisfaction over slow pace of work in state.The report prepared by the NQM discloses that during the three tier Quality Central Mechanism inspection carried out from November, 2010 to September 2012, a high percentage of around 40 per cent completed roads were found unsatisfactory.“It has been found that a high percentage of 40 per cent of completed works were found unsatisfactory. Similarly, inspections carried out during this period for ongoing road works, in 11 per cent cases quality of works has been found unsatisfactory,” the NQM observed during their inspection.The NQM team has asked state government to take immediate measures to correct the loopholes found in the completed and under construction roads to maintain high standard as envisaged in the programme.“The state government needs to maintain high standards in executing these works as funds are not the problem,” NQM have told the state government during the visit.Expressing displeasure over slow pace of works under the programme, NQM agency reveals that out of 1,913 road works including bBridges sanctioned till September, 2012, 1,280 are yet to be constructed.“The second installment can not be released to the state government unless it takes concrete steps and sends us the completion plan indicating the probable time to achieve the target,” they said.According to report, the state is lagging far behind in expanding the new road infrastructure and maintaining the existing roads.“Though there is 5-year maintenance in-built in the programme, the state has been lagging in ensuring the same,” the report states. Meanwhile, the team also criticized the financial progress of state government. “Against the release of Rs 6.31 crore during the fiscal year of 2011-12, only 87 lakhs have been utilized for the purpose of maintaining existing roads. The non utilization of huge amount results the blockade of Rs 80.52 crores for the fiscal year of 2012-13 from GoI,” sources privy to the developments told Kashmir Times. The GoI launched PMGSY in 2000 with the objective of providing all-weather road connectivity to unconnected habitations in the rural areas. Comparing the work standard by state government under the programme, the NQM found only 35 per cent works unsatisfactory in its earlier report till June 2012.In just a gap of few months, the present report suggests the steep rise in substandard road works in state. The GoI at various occasions have expressed its dismay over the poor implementation of central schemes in J&K.During the recent visit of state, the Minster for Human Resources Development Kabil Sibal have already assured the probe into alleged irregularities in SSA.
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News Updated at : Monday, December 10, 2012
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