HC directs for release of funds for bridges

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Mar 14: High Court has directed the Finance Department to release funds for construction of bridges to the executing agency and report the court about it within 10 days.
Hearing petition about construction of bridges in the State, the division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Tashi Rabstan directed the Finance Department to report the Court with ten days about releasing of funds to the executing agency.
An affidavit has been filed giving the details which were required regarding construction of bridges by the Jammu Kashmir Project Construction Corporation in the Kashmir province and funds were required to be released by the finance department.
JKPCC in its affidavit submitted that despite requests and imperative need of the funds, the same have not been released by the Finance Department resulting in unwarranted delay in completion of these projects.
Court after these submissions asked the counsel representing finance department Javed Iqbal (Sr. AAG) to ensure that the needful is done by the Finance Department at the earliest. “A status report in this regard shall be filed before us within ten days from today”, DB directed.
With regard to flyover from Jehangir Chowk to Rambagh court has been informed by the counsel representing executing that a status report has been filed in terms of the directions passed earlier.
In its report it is admitted by the executing agency that the project is expected to be completed structurally upto March 2019and the macadamization work for the balance portion shall be done by May 30 subject to weather, law and order as well as funds shall remain satisfactory and the said flyover be put to public use as per the revised extension of time.
Court has been informed the original contract value of the project is Rs. 200.74 crores and the revised estimated cost including shifting of utilities is expected around 350 crores and the expenditure as on November 2018 is Rs. 244 crores.