A “victim” of scarcity of funds, the project for construction of a Mini Secretariat at Watergam area of Rafiabad in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district is facing a fate of oblivion and uncertainty. A period of six years has passed but the project which was commissioned in 2012 at a projected cost of Rs.5.56 crore remains incomplete and awaiting concluding finishing works . There are no funds around to get it completed. The fact of the matter is that the construction started only after 2012 or with initial delay which should have been sufficient to give a relook to every aspect of the project including the most important, the finances.
This Mini- Secretariat was slated to accommodate all the Government Departments of the district in a single place and to provide hassle free governance to and mitigate the problems of the people to save long travels to get their things done and the resultant time and even money.
Local people complain about an indifferent attitude on the part of the Government towards this project which has been undergoing intermittent hiccups as work on it is seen very often being stopped altogether. A long period of six years is perhaps insignificant going to the standards of the work culture in such projects.