New Cir­cuit House project misses yet an­other dead­line

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTPUNJAB&HARYANA - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

THE ₹23-CRORE PROJECT WAS TO BE COM­PLETED IN OC­TO­BER THIS YEAR

AM­RIT­SAR: Con­struc­tion of a new Cir­cuit House in the holy city has missed yet an­other dead­line. The project worth ₹23 crore was sup­posed to be com­pleted by Oc­to­ber 2018.

In a meet­ing held in May this year, deputy com­mis­sioner (DC) Kamaldeep Singh Sangha had an­nounced that the project will be con­cluded in Oc­to­ber 2018, how­ever, now it seems a dis­tant dream. The project, that was started by the state govern­ment in 2015, has been stalled after the au­thor­i­ties de­cided to take it fur­ther on pub­lic-pri­vate mode.

“The con­struc­tion work has been stalled from last six months be­cause the govern­ment has de­cided to give it on pub­lic-pri­vate mode (PPM). In May, the project was shifted to PPM mode and the process for ten­ders was started, said the ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer,” PWD’s ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer In­der­jeet Singh said.

“So far 60% of the con­struc­tion has been com­pleted and we hope to get a pri­vate firm soon. As soon as the ten­ders will float, the work will be re­sumed. The project needs cou­ple of more months for its com­ple­tion,” he added.

The build­ing for the new Cir­cuit House, with a to­tal area of 75,000 sq feet, has been raised at the same place where the old cir­cuit house ex­ists.

How­ever, a por­tion of the old build­ing has been pre­served as a part of old her­itage. It has been de­signed to pro­vide mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties com­ple­ment­ing a re­li­gious flavour.

There are 60 AC rooms, a con­fer­ence hall with sit­ting ca­pac­ity of 100 peo­ple, meet­ing halls and din­ing rooms in the new build­ing.

For of­fi­cial meet­ings and VVIP vis­its, two sep­a­rates suits have also been de­signed, be­sides 100 CCTV cam­eras, fire fight­ing sys­tem and so­lar pan­els are also to be in­stalled in the build­ing.

The old build­ing of the cir­cuit house was con­structed dur­ing the British era and could ac­com­mo­date very few peo­ple. Be­sides, the build­ing was not in good con­di­tion as well.

There­fore, it was de­cided to con­struct new build­ing with larger ca­pac­ity. How­ever, now when the con­struc­tion of the new build­ing has been de­layed, the ad­min­is­tra­tion is fac­ing big prob­lem to fa­cil­i­tate the guests.

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