Even one year after allotment PWD works worth crores yet to start: JMC Chairman

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 4: Chairman, Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC), Baldev Singh Billawaria today said that even after one year or more of allotment, several PWD works worth crores are yet to start in Gandhi Nagar Constituency, causing much inconvenience to the public.
“The Modi Government at the centre has opened doors for the development of J&K and as soon as any proposal of development project is sent to Centre, it is sanctioned without any delay but some departments in the J&K UT itself are hell bent on hindering the development” Billawaria said while addressing a press conference in the premises of Municipal Corporation.
He alleged that after getting allotment, contractors have been sitting on various development projects, particularly blacktopping of roads in Kunjwani, Digiana and Gangyal. There is huge resentment among residents of these areas over prolonged delay in execution of the projects.
Billawaria said that a delegation of people living nearby Government Middle School Digiana, met him yesterday and expressed resentment over delay in completion of construction work of the school building worth Rs 30 lakh.
Similarly, he said a delegation of people from different areas like Kunjwani, Digiana and Gangyal also met him and threatened to block the national highway, while registering their protest over non-execution of blacktopping works worth Rs 5-6 crores, already allotted to the contractors.
The JMC Chairman said it is a matter of probe as to why the contractors are not executing the projects even after getting allotment and why the officers/officials of PWD are not taking action against them. Is there any collusion between the contractors and officers/officials, he questioned.
Billawaria appealed Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to blacklist all the contractors who failed to complete the projects in a fixed time frame or are delaying the execution of developmental projects after bagging the tenders. He also demanded the LG administration to take action against the officers/officials responsible for delay of projects.