Srinagar – With less than half of the Greater Srinagar Drainage Project completed in four years, the government has claimed to execute the remaining 55 per cent of the work by September next year.
According to the deputy chief minister, Tara Chand, who also hold the urban development portfolio as well, Rs 68.50 crore of the Rs 132.92 project have been spend so far.
The mega drainage projects for Srinagar and Jammu cities had been approved in 2006 under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission, and the National Building Construction Company engaged in 2007 to execute it, the minister told the legislature recently.
In Srinagar, the project will be completed in 2013, and serve 48,220 households, he said.
The project also includes a 60 MLD capacity Sewage Treatment Plant, 56 per cent of which has been constructed he said.
In Jammu, the project will be completed by 2014, and would serve 30,400 households, he said.
Tara Chand attributed the delay in project execution to narrow lanes in the interior cities and difficulties in moving material and machines in congested areas.
Meanwhile, the Central Contractors Coordination Committee held the incompetence of the National Building Construction Company responsible for the delay in the project.
There are a number of technical defects and flaws in the project which may cause Old Srinagar to be flooded with sewage, Committee general secretary Farooq Ahmad Dar said.
The NBCC wants to drown downtown Srinagar in sewage, he said. Many engineers had pointed out the flaws in the beginning, but have mysteriously lapsed into silence now.
The benchmarks fixed at the outset are nowhere to be seen, he said. Nothing exists beyond Soura.
A technical committee should be appointed to examine the project in minute detail, he said.(Observer News Service)
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