State Government ‘no’ to release funds in advance for cement road works

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Oct 2018 10:03:49


 

Special Correspondent,


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Important roads under Phase III

Mahdibagh road- Cradock road to Khairpura Railway Crossing

Azad Square to Lakda Pul to Zenda Square to Sakkardara sq

KDK College to Shastri Nagar Square to Mahavir Sq

Wardhaman Nagar Sq to Vikas Industries to Dipti Signal

Chhota Tajbaj sq to Tukdoji Statue to Vanjari Nagar

Deekshabhoomi Sq to North Ambazari road

Variety Sq to Munje Sq to Congress Nagar

Medical Sq to Sardar Patel Sq

C K Nayudu sq to Bishop Cotton School

Police Line Takli Sq to Awasthi Nagar Sq

Gopal Nagar Main Road to Mate Sq to Padole Sq

 

In a worrisome development for cash-strapped Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), its saviour Maharashtra Government has flatly refused to release its share of Rs 100 crore in advance for construction of cement roads phase -III. Disapproving the total dependence of NMC for every developmental work, the State Government has now insisted that NMC should first contribute a matching amount from its kitty, before expecting this dole from the State treasury. Total cost of Phase-III is Rs 237.28 crore and now, it is difficult for the local body to start the construction work in view of fund crunch.


As per agreement, Maharashtra Government is sharing Rs 100 crore while Nagpur Improvement Trust is also contributing Rs 100 crore and NMC has to share Rs 100 crore for the construction of cement roads in the city.
However, in Phase I and Phase II, civic body contributed very less amount in the construction work. This approach of NMC to pass on entire financial burden on State Government has not been appreciated at the higher echelons and therefore, new directions have been issued in Phase III work.


Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari have taken a decision to convert all the tar-roads into cement roads to save yearly maintenance over roads. The Government has cleared a plan to spend Rs 300 crore every year for road improvement works.


However, it is learnt that State Government and NIT are sharing their funds regularly for the construction of cement roads while NMC did not contribute a penny over it. Therefore, State Government in its latest direction stated that government would release the funds in proportion to the contribution made by the local body.


Presently, financial position of NMC is not sound to contribute such a large amount for the construction of cement roads in advance. It is learnt that Municipal Commissioner Virendra Singh (before proceeding on long leave) had requested Principal Secretary, Urban Development Department to scrap the condition insisting NMC to share its contribution first. As per government’s directions, it is necessary to complete the work of cement roads in time and civic body could not initiate work without funds.


Public Works Department of NMC has included 39 roads in phase III of the cement road works. The tenders have been opened and work has been allotted. Virendra Kukreja, Standing Committee Chairman claimed, local body has earmarked Rs 28 crore for the cement road works, therefore, there will be no problem in starting the work of Phase III.