Pace of development

We are missing deadlines, one after another

Srinagar, Publish Date: Jan 22 2018 10:45PM | Updated Date: Jan 22 2018 10:45PM

It is a harsh reality, sloppiness and ineffectiveness of the administration have been taking toll of much-needed development in the state. Nevertheless, the vested interests from the lowest level to the topmost positions in the government have been immensely contributing to the sufferings of the multitudes in the state. Surprisingly, seventy years after the end of the feudal rule people are yet to reap the benefits of the development as they should have. For its political constituencies, this guided policy of prioritization for development millions across the state are craving for bare minimum facilities. It is no secret that people are not suffering for drinkable water, medical facilities, electricity, roads, and school for non-availability of funds but for lack of accountability in administration. Equally, it is no secret that majority of officers connected with the development departments possess disproportionate assets; and the plump postings have a price tag. It is also in public domain that even some senior most positions are put to a sort of auction and awarded to the highest bidder. Moreover, those who bid higher can loot the state exchequer with immunity. Working at snail's pace, a design for missing the deadlines, with the objective of revising the cost of projects is another hideous method for corruption. There are scores of projects in the state more particularly in Kashmir that have not been completed within the stipulated period. Ironically, despite tall claims, they have failed to meet one after another deadline. One of the glaring examples is the longest flyover of Srinagar that has put the entire population of the city to inconvenience for over past five years. The work on the construction of Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover, funded by the Asian Development Bank at an estimated cost of RS 359 Crores began in 2013 and it yet to be completed- quarterly a new deadline is fixed for its completion. The work on the Srinagar-Qazigund was started in 2011 and it was to be completed in June 2014 and the project is yet to be completed. Not to say of big projects the construction agencies have been failing to complete even smallest projects within stipulated periods. A small bridge over Doodah Ganga, estimated to cost Rs. 74 lakhs expected to be completed in one year, three years after is yet to be completed and its costs has now been revised to Rs. 174 lakhs. Among other measures for speedy development, may be, the government will have to adopt a ‘no-revised estimate policy.’ 

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