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NEC projects stalling in Assam

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  16 May 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Some of the infrastructure projects have been delayed by as much as seven years. In some cases, it appears that the projects are hanging due to the non-release of State share of funds.

By Our Staff Reporter

Guwahati, May 15: Seventeen of the 61 ongoing North Eastern Council (NEC)-funded projects in Assam are running behind schedule, many by several years.

Some of the infrastructure projects have been delayed by as much as seven years. In some cases, it appears that the projects are hanging due to the non-release of State share of funds.

The target date for completing the upgradation/improvement of Rymbai-Betwa-Borsora-Jallalpur road was March, 2009. The estimated cost of the project was over Rs 2,300 lakh. The target date was revised to March, 2013, but as on date, only about 88 per cent of the work has been completed.

Of its share of Rs 2099.27 lakh, the Central government has released Rs 1,800 lakh. The State has so far released Rs 132.48 lakh of its share of Rs 233.30 lakh.

The work for improvement of Jowai-trang-Khanduli-Baithalangso road is also proceeding at sil's pace. The target date for completing the project was March, 2014, but so far only 61.66 percent of the work has been completed, according to a report of the State's Planning department.

The Centre has so far released Rs 4,550 lakh (total share Rs 6,390 lakh) and the State has released Rs 105 lakh (of its share of Rs 710 lakh).

Only 15 of the work of the Lugnit hydro-eectric project at Karbi Anglong has been completed so far though it was supposed to be completed in March, 2012. The project also missed the revised target date of March, 2015. The State government has not yet released a single rupee of its share of Rs 50 lakh, though the Central government has released Rs 150 lakh of its share of Rs 450 lakh.

The State government has also not released its share of funds for the Rs 1,700-lakh project to strengthen the orthopedic department of GMCH. Though its target date was March, 2015, only 30 percent of the work has been completed so far.

Similarly, the Rs 600-lakh project to support a government hospital-ship on river Brahmaputra by the Centre for NE Studies & Research has been delayed by four years, with only 34 percent of the work completed so far. The State government has not yet released its share of Rs 40 lakh while the Central government has released Rs 240 lakh of its share of Rs 360 lakh.

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