SRINGAR: In Jammu and Kashmir nearly 940 road and water projects have missed their deadlines and 54 of them have had their cost escalated by more than Rs 500 crore, says the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in a report.
According to the report, a total of 938 projects of departments like Public Works Department (PWD), Public Health Engineering (PHE), and Power Development Department (PDD) have crossed their scheduled time of completion.
The proposed cost of these projects was initially more than Rs 3,900 crore but has now escalated to more than Rs 4,000 crore. Nearly Rs 1,700 crore have been spent so far on the incomplete projects.
The report says that the departments did not meet the deadline of March 2016, which is nearly three months before the six-month long anti-India uprising that began in July. The state government has been blaming the uprising for the delay in completion of projects.
The PWD leads among the departments with delayed projects. According to the report, it has the missed the deadline of nearly 800 projects. The PWD is followed by the PHE with more than 100 delayed projects and by the PDD with nearly 30.
The state government has not even responded to the CAG’s queries about the reason behind the delay in the projects.
The CAG has found in its report that seven irrigation projects of more than Rs 330 crore have been released just Rs 75 lakh.
The report has found that some government schemes suffered a loss of Rs 1.56 crore but no sufficient revenue receipts matched the working expenses shown in them.
The CAG has recommended that the state government relate its expenditure to the quality, reach, and timely impact of its projects.