Incomplete roads

Sound interesting, but a net loss proposition when perused financially much more than logically. It should cause ripples of concern in the echelons of the State administration, particularly in Planning and Finance Departments of a State citing reason of “financial crunch” for various projects lying defunct and most of the existent ones struggling to come up to become operational. This is in respect of 25 road projects lying incomplete in mountainous Doda district despite showing least frugality in spending the entire 100 percent meant for the projects in entirety.
This has happened over a period of last eight to ten years resulting in depriving the people residing in challenging terrain of Doda of the benefits of two major schemes of the Union Government. The matter relates to the period 2005-06 and 2010-11 respectively when road projects were sanctioned under Central Road Fund and NABARD schemes of Government of India for execution by the Roads and Buildings Department of the State Government.
Had there been the inalienable part of checks and balances by way of the provision of concurrent audit in vogue in such projects, the results would have been far better as compared to what were observed by a “review” undertaken by the District Development Commissioner Doda. It was surprisingly found that 25 schemes aimed at providing road connectivity to unconnected areas were not completed at all despite a lapse of a period of several years.
We want the names of the concerned Executive Engineers and their Assistants to be recommended immediately to the Government for taking meaningful, immediate and befitting action against them. Even some who are retired must face the music as also those Departmental Heads who cleared them of any vigilance cases to get superannuation benefits and pensions. An inquiry in detail should precede the proposed action which should be completed within days. The entire scenario also speaks about the “quality” of concern and interest shown by the elected representatives of the area for turning their faces to the other side , perhaps more knowingly and less innocently.