For want of consensus,civic projects remain in cold storage

Corporation due to non-approval of technology to be used or other reasons. Some of these had been approved by the MC House more than five years ago.

Written by Khushboo Sandhu | Chandigarh | Published: February 19, 2010 12:15:59 am

Many projects have been stalled in the Municipal Corporation due to non-approval of technology to be used or other reasons. Some of these had been approved by the MC House more than five years ago. With each passing year,the expenditure to be incurred on these projects escalates and yet final decisions on their implementation are awaited. Khushboo Sandhu reports

Sewage treatment plant at 3 BRD

The construction of a sewage treatment plant of 15 MGD capacity at 3 BRD was approved in the House Meet on September 16,2004. The plant with an estimated cost of Rs 22 crore was to cater to the needs of the southern sectors. Tenders were invited in 2007 and then in 2008. However,the rates quoted by firms were higher than approved. Though the matter has come up for discussion at a number of House meetings,no decision has been taken so far. In the last five years,the technology that was earlier considered has become obsolete. A new proposal is yet to be placed before the House that is likely to cost around Rs 35 crore.

Laundry marts

The Municipal Corporation had approved the setting up of six new laundry marts in different parts of the city. The proposal to upgrade dhobi ghats and set up laundry marts was mooted in 2008. Construction has not yet started. Even first laundry mart that was started in Sector 15 has been lying closed despite being a success after dispute arose between the civic body and the Dhobi Ghat Association over payment of bills.

Other projects

Getting plans approved for community and Sehaj Safai Kendras approved has been a tough task for the Municipal Corporation. The issue has been taken up a number of times in the coordination committee meetings with the UT Administration. Due to the plans or the sites not being approved,the cost of construction of the structures increases manifold. Another foundation stone laid was that of a Seva Kendra in Sector 25. While the foundation was laid two years ago,construction has not started.

Councillors speak

Former Mayor Pardeep Chhabra says,“The review of the projects is not undertaken at regular intervals. Projects are approved and then they go onto the back burner.”

Councillor Jatinder Bhatia says,“There are times when we have to remind officials about the projects. It was after I raised the issue of setting up the sewage treatment plant at 3 BRD that the project has come out of cold storage.”

Bridge near Housing Board Chowk

Union Minister Pawan Bansal had laid the foundation stone of a bridge that was proposed to be constructed near the Housing Board Chowk in 2006. The foundation stone is the only testimony that a bridge had to be constructed since work has not yet started.

An amount of Rs 41 lakh was approved for the project. The plea taken for the delay is that since the foundation stone was laid,many new buildings have been constructed in the area.

“The hydraulic data has changed. New designs and revised estimates will need to be prepared before construction begins,” said an official.

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