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GOI slams admin over lapsing of central grants, leaving projects in limbo
Connectivity least priority for JK’s past regimes
2/28/2020 12:16:46 AM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Feb 27: The Government at present is making hectic efforts to expedite the four-laning of the crucial highways in Jammu and Kashmir with stress being laid to spend the central grants on priority and not to allow the funds to get lapsed.
However, the documents in possession of the Early Times reveal that crores of rupees of central funds meant for the construction of highways were allowed to get lapsed without any remorse by those at the helm in the past.
The documents reveal one particular project for which the central government had sanctioned a whooping 5100 crore rupees and the government for years didn’t spend more than mere three lakh out of the total grant.
Out of the whooping Rs 5100 crores sanctioned for Jammu-Poonch NH four-laning by the government of India, the state government had utilised mere three lack rupees on ground. The figures are probably reflecting the best example of how the vital developmental projects in Jammu region of the state of Jammu and Kashmir are receiving a step motherly treatment.
Sources privy to the development told Early Times that as the government of India sanctioned Rs 5100 crores for the project, the government was non- serious about the implementation of the funds on ground due to which no more than mere three lakh rupees. “You can well imagine what would be the fate of the project wherein mere three lakh rupees have been spent in three years. The fact is that the government isn’t exhibiting seriousness of any sort in making the project a success,” says an official. Pertinently, the Jammu-Akhnoor-Rajouri-Poonch road was declared as the new National Highway (NH) 144-A, and approved under the package for Rs 5,100 crore in November 2015.
While the National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation has been entrusted the task of executing the project on the Jammu-Akhnoor section, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) was asked to take up the development of road from the Akhnoor-Nowshera-Poonch section with the existing carriage way of two-lane to its four-lane specification.
The issue of Jammu Poonch road was raised plethora of times by the people of the Jammu region of the state and finally after a long time, the demand was considered by the central government.
When the project was announced, it was hailed by one and all and the people of the Jammu region also had demanded at that time that the government should also start work on railway line from Jammu to Poonch as Poonch remained the most neglected district as far as development is concerned.
Pertinently, the Chief Secretary ,while reviewing the progress of four laning of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway (NH44) on February 26, expressed concern over delay in process of shifting of towers, felling of tress, etc. causing unnecessary hindrances in smooth progress of work. He directed for constitution of District Level Coordination Committees to be headed by Deputy Commissioners in Udhampur, and Ramban districts, comprising members from NHAI, PWD, PDD and Forest Department.
The CS also emphasized on strict adherence to timeline drawn in the meeting to address the issues hampering pace of the project.
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