Akhilesh’s Gomti project: Funds almost over, 60% work complete, CM asks for review

Akhilesh Yadav’s “dream project” was launched by the previous SP government for channelising the river by building a diaphragm wall, alongwith landscaping and construction of intercepting drains on both banks.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: March 28, 2017 7:32 am
gomti river project, gomti riverfront project, yogi adityanath, uttar pradesh, up cm, indian express At the Gomti Riverfront project site in Lucknow on Monday. (Vishal Srivastav)

CHIEF MINISTER Yogi Adityanath on Monday expressed dissatisfaction that only 60 per cent work on the Gomti Riverfront project has been done in the last two years, despite the project being scheduled for completion in May this year.

While inspecting the project site on the banks of Gomti, the CM asked officials to link the project with the Centre’s Namami Gange project and initiate work to plug the drains discharging sewage into the river.

Akhilesh Yadav’s “dream project” was launched by the previous SP government for channelising the river by building a diaphragm wall, alongwith landscaping and construction of intercepting drains on both banks.

Officials present at the site informed Adityanath that while the deadline for the completion of the project is May, Rs 1,427 crore of Rs 1,500 crore — the total cost of the project — has already been spent and thus, they would need more funds. Following this, the CM asked officials to hold a complete review of the project and then hold a meeting with him.

Sources said the CM expressed unhappiness over funds being spent on “non-useful” things like “water fountain”, rather than first focusing on ensuring cleanliness of the river.

“We would sit and review the project and as asked by the chief minister… senior officers would also work to connect this project with Namami Gange project as the current sewage treatment plant (STP) is not sufficient. It will require at least two more STPs to ensure that treated waste is discharged into the river,” said Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar.

“The chief minister pointed out that despite NGT’s strict rules, little action has been taken to ensure that drainage water does not fall directly into the river…,” said a government spokesperson.

Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma and other ministers like Suresh Khanna, Ashutosh Tandon, Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Brijesh Pathak, Dharmpal Singh, Swati Singh were present at the project site during the inspection.

The CM directed the principal secretaries of all departments to review project works and check unnecessary expenditure, besides ensuring the completion of works in a “qualitative” manner. Sources said the government has also cancelled a large number of yearly passes issued for entry into government buildings like Secretariat and Vidhan Bhavan. Now, fresh passes would be issued.

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    Anurag Srivastava
    Mar 28, 2017 at 8:03 am
    All Government projects in the country at the time of conceiving stage should have in built system of 'risk management' in order to take care eventualities in order to ensure timely completion of projects. Risk libraries should also be created on line for enabling the others to take guidance.
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      Chakra
      Mar 28, 2017 at 11:43 am
      In Indian system, cost and time overrun is too common. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;a) Honest System lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;- While initiating proposal, there is a tendency to accommodate the cost within a given limit. This is to ensure that the Budget is made available. Sometimes, the scheme is made with bare necessities in mind, knowing that 'additions / changes in Plans' etc. will be added later on.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;- Sometimes the above (initial engg details) are not reviewed in detail as the clamour for meeting the deadline of putting the proposal is too high.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;- Then comes the award of jobs. The Lowest bidder (L1) will get the job. The bidder may even quote 30% below the estimate ! He has to be awarded as per Finance regulation.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;- The contractor will not complete his job in time. Most likely scenario will be - some part of the job has to be offloaded to other contractors at additional cost.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;- At some stage, some other details are to be included which will increase cost and time.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;NORMAL CASE in State Govt:lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;- Poor Project planning, bribery in every steps, Finance will take 3-5% cut for clearing bills in each stage, paying to the local Dada, no time limits. The state Govt is very slow in procedure-wise as well as intent-wiselt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;-
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        Ivan
        Mar 27, 2017 at 11:52 pm
        Cost overruns of 30 to 40% are to be expected in large projects.Yogi is not some magician to reduce costs. A water project should include fountains.
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          Ivan
          Mar 28, 2017 at 8:29 am
          I admit I not a civil contractor,but in India even something as simple as building a wall round 20 cents will end up costing 20% more. We fail to provision for cost overruns, which especially when it comes to hydraulic works will always materialise. That is how water works are. The body of water never behaves as expected. This can be seen in the level of interest foreign companies have in Indian infrastructure projects. If there are even moderate returns many foreign companies will be interested in such large projects.
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            Ivan
            Mar 28, 2017 at 8:32 am
            Mahender I can sit on a committee and exhort people to work hard too.
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