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Doda truck terminal still non-operational, have Rs 3.23 cr gone down the drain?
5/5/2019 11:24:07 PM
Early Times Report
doda, May 5: Inspite of spending more than Rs 3.23 crore on the construction of a truck terminal in Doda, the authorities are unable to operationalize it as there are allegations that work done on the project is not of good quality and starting the project may expose the authorities.
Some years back, the department of Urban Local Bodies Jammu invited tenders for the construction of truck terminal building at Akarambad area of Doda in order to reduce traffic congestion in the town. Initially the work was allotted to a contractor for Rs 1.50 cr approximately, but vide government order No: 49 HUD of 2019, dated 31.01.2019, post facto administrative approval was given to enhance the project cost to Rs 323.56 lakhs.
"Inspite of spending so much money on this project, the truck terminal is yet to be operationalized. There are huge traffic jams in the town. The material used on the terminal is of poor quality as there are cracks on the retaining walls and breast walls. I appeal the Anti-Corruption Bureau to probe this issue," said Shahab ul Haq, a social and political activist from Doda.
Sources say that work on this terminal was taken up without proper site survey at time of preparation of DPR and before commencement of work for construction of the truck terminal resulted in delay in completion of work despite expenditure of Rs 1.50 crore and doubling of its cost to Rs 3.23 crore.
Pertinent to mention that project for construction of truck terminal at Doda was sanctioned in 2011-12 for providing separate parking space for trucks and tippers and loading/unloading of goods in order to reduce traffic congestion in Doda town.
The ULB Division-II Jammu got the DPR prepared for geo-technical and architectural design, for an estimated cost of Rs 1.60 crore which was accorded administrative approval. Then the same was enhanced to Rs 3.23 cr early this year.
An amount of Rs 1.60 crore was released during 2012 to 2016 by the ULB Jammu for construction to the executing agency with completion period of nine months. During execution, the site of the building was shifted to lower contours due to which quantities of various items of work like earthwork, concrete and back filling of earth got increased and work up to only roof level could be completed after spending Rs 1.50 crore.
Sources further informed that the ULB division-II submitted revised DPR at the cost of Rs 3.20 crore which had not been approved for a long time and finally got administrative approval early this year but inspite of lapse of 3 months, no development is seen on the ground.
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