SEEK AP­PROVAL BE­FORE TAK­ING NEW PRO­JECTS, ADMN TELLS MC

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTCHANDIGA­RH - Mu­niesh­wer A Sa­gar mu­niesh­wer.sa­gar@htlive.com

CHANDIGARH: The mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion will now have to take prior ap­proval of the UT ad­min­is­tra­tion be­fore un­der­tak­ing any new de­vel­op­ment work.

The con­di­tion was laid down by the ad­min­is­tra­tion on Mon­day while ap­prov­ing MC’s re­vised es­ti­mates for 2019-20 and bud­get es­ti­mates for 2020-2021.

In the bud­get ap­proval let­ter to the MC, the ad­min­is­tra­tion di­rected, “₹67 crore are ex­pected to be avail­able with the MC for de­vel­op­ment works, so MC should iden­tify cap­i­tal/rev­enue works to this ex­tent only and sub­mit the de­tails of such pro­jects be­fore ac­tu­ally un­der­tak­ing any.”

“Many of the de­vel­op­ment works are go­ing to suf­fer be­cause of paucity of funds this year. No new project is likely to be started. Works like chang­ing of the de­funct storm and sew­er­age lines, and even works un­der the ward de­vel­op­ment funds are likely to be ad­versely im­pacted this year,” said a se­nior MC of­fi­cial re­quest­ing anonymity.

‘SET PRI­OR­I­TIES’

Cap­i­tal works al­ready started in the ear­lier years need to be given pri­or­ity for com­ple­tion in this fi­nan­cial year be­fore un­der­tak­ing any other work, the ad­min­is­tra­tion has fur­ther di­rected.

The new ad­min­is­tra­tion or­der, how­ever, will have no im­pact on road re-car­pet­ing work in the city. “Road re-car­pet­ing will be made pos­si­ble be­cause of a spe­cial grant that the UT had is­sued in March. Work on last year’s pend­ing road re-car­pet­ing project has started. This fi­nan­cial year’s road re-car­pet­ing work will start after mon­soon,” said the of­fi­cial.

In March this year, the UT had ap­proved a spe­cial grant of ₹132 crore for the MC to help com­plete its pend­ing pro­jects.

Mean­while, UT has de­cided against levy­ing a 20% cut in the com­mit­ted grant for the MC in the first quar­ter. The Cen­tre had asked all depart­ments to cut­back on their first quar­ter spend­ing by 20% in the wake of the out­break. UT will ab­sorb the 20% cut at its own level in­stead.

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