‘2000 Vital Projects To Be Completed By March 2021 In JK’

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Financial Com­missioner, Finance, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta

SRINAGAR – In order to bolster econ­omy and take Government’s Mission Development ahead, Financial Com­missioner, Finance, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, today said that nearly two-thousand vital projects would be completed by March 2021 across Jammu and Kashmir.

“We have completed 300 lan­guishing projects so far. We are firm that we have to complete 2000 proj­ects by March 2021. In this regard, 1000 projects will be completed this fiscal and another 1000 vital projects will be completed next fiscal year,” informed Financial Commissioner, Finance, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, af­ter holding public grievance camp at Banquet Hall, Srinagar.

He said that Government was adopting two-folder strategy to complete all the languishing projects across Jammu and Kashmir. “One we will complete all the languishing projects and second the new ones will be funded fully, so it won’t hap­pen that we have started a project and it kept languishing for years to come,” he said.

He said that no new project would be allowed to go into “Languishing mark”.

“Very rarely any development project will be allowed to go be­yond two to three years in Jammu and Kashmir. They have to be all completed within the set deadline,” he said, adding “All the Contractors must remain assured that whatever projects are taken, they are paid well in time,” he said.

Mehta said that robust Monitoring Mechanism has been developed to monitor and people can report their grievances whenever any devel­opmental activities are carried out across Jammu and Kashmir.

Mehta informed that JKIDFC had taken up 2,274 languishing projects with an investment of Rs. 9111.25 crore. Mehta said that so far 300 projects stand completed and Gov­ernment was taking every possible step to complete these projects and bolster economy of the region. He said as directed by the LG, Govern­ment was giving preferences to lo­cal labour and continuously make arrangements to oversee the labour laws are being adhered to by the agencies responsible for engaging workforce and check whether insur­ance cover is available to all of them.

Mehta said that keeping provision for maintenance of all the assets and creation of amenities like overhead water tanks, library, common field in all the residential projects, Mehta said strict quality control, use of an­ti-corrosion building material, com­pressive strength test for roads and suggested avoiding cost and time overruns in infrastructure projects.

Mehta said that Agriculture and Horticulture are the huge priority sectors for the Government. He said such sectors are among the top pri­orities, people also would like to be taken up by the Government on seri­ous and concrete basis.

Mehta said that the Government was generating positive hopes among people by addressing such developmental issues. He also ad­vised the officials to accelerate the pace of work to meet the committed deadline of March 2020. He asked them to simplify the modalities so that work on each project goes on smoothly. Further, he called for re­ports about under-achieving or poor performance of some departments.

He said that in addition about 800 projects of Public Health Engineering Department, 422 projects would be completed by March 2020. It was fur­ther revealed that Power Develop­ment Department would complete around 165 projects till that time.

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