HC Turns Heat On NBCC For Delay In Sgr Drain Project

SRINAGAR: The state High Court has hauled up the National Buildings Construction Company (NBCC) for repeated extensions to the mega drainage projects being executed in Srinagar and Jammu cities.

A division bench of Justice MM Kumar and Justice Hasnain Masoodi has given the company two weeks to file an affidavit explaining the delay, reports said.

The NBCC’s director for projects has been asked appear in person with all relevant records if the affidavit fails to give convincing reasons for the extensions.

The NBCC began work on the projects in 2008 after they were approved under the centrally funded Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission two years earlier.

In the last session of the state legislature, the deputy chief minister, Tara Chand, who is also the minister for urban development in Jammu and Kashmir, has said that the Srinagar project would be completed in 2013 and  the Jammu project in 2014.

According to the minister, Rs 68.5 crore of the Rs 87.73 crore released for the nearly Rs 133 crore Srinagar project had been spent so far, with 56 per cent of the work on a 60 million litres per day (MLD) sewage treatment plant (STP) having been completed. 

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