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Mahakumbh: Depts asked to speed up work or face action

Concerned over the slow progress of many projects related to Mahakumbh,particularly widening of roads in the city,the mela administration has asked all the departments to speed up their work or be prepared to face action.

Concerned over the slow progress of many projects related to Mahakumbh,particularly widening of roads in the city,the mela administration has asked all the departments to speed up their work or be prepared to face action.

The issue is also likely to come up at the fortnightly meeting on Mahakumbh chaired by Chief Secretary Javed Usmani,to be held in Lucknow on Sunday.

According to mela administration officials,some of the works — where the progress report has not been satisfactory — were widening of roads,shifting of electric poles,repairing of drains,beautification of crossings and installation of high mast lights.

The deadline for works like shifting of electric poles along the roadside to facilitate widening of roads was June end. However,even almost a fortnight later the work is not yet complete,said officials.

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Mela officer Mani Prasad Mishra said: “All the departments concerned were warned that they should speed up their work. Otherwise,the administration would be forced to take action.”

Mishra added that the biggest chunk of work,whose progress is not very satisfactory,is related to road-widening. “Shifting of utilities,like electric poles,wirings and any other cables for widening of road is the toughest task. Earlier,the tenders in this regard could not be floated due to one reason or the other. After the fresh tender process was completed,the work is slowly picking up. Following the warning,we have been told that by July 17 or 18,the entire work related to shifting of poles would be completed,” said Mishra,adding that the task of widening roads would pick pace soon after this exercise was complete.

The roads,where widening projects have been undertaken by the Public Works Department are Sarojini Naidu Marg,Dayanand Marg,Thornhill Road,G T Road,Jawaharlal Nehru Road and Tej Bahadur Sapru Marg. Digging on both sides of the roads have been done on these stretches,but the work has been moving at a slow pace after that.

Apart from that,the process of installation of high mast lights on at least 20 crossings by the Allahabad Development Authority (ADA) too is moving at a slow pace. Out of the 30 high mast lights that were to be installed by ADA,at least 20 were to be done using the funds released to it for Mahakumbh. However,the progress has been less than 50 per cent.

Mishra said these issues would be raised at the meeting in Lucknow. “Mahakumbh preparations are on high priority and the progress is being monitored at all levels,” he said. The meeting is held every second and fourth Sunday of the month. Since July had five Sundays,it is being held on the third and fifth Sundays,he added.