Land allotted 16 years ago for building office but work never taken up
Pulwama: Despite land for constructing the sub-office of Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education (JKBOSE) in Pulwama district being identified more than sixteen years back, the office continues to function from a rented accommodation.
According to sources in the Board a piece of land near SSP’s office in main town Pulwama was identified for construction of the sub-office way back in 2001.
Sixteen years down the line, however, the only thing that has come up on the land is a signboard demarcating the land while the office continues to run from a rented building.
“A couple of years after the land was identified the construction of the office was planned and some money earmarked for the purpose,” an official of the JKBOSE told Kashmir Reader.
The official said that the building was scheduled to be completed within three years by the Roads and Buildings Department.
“However, some time later the higher officials felt a need for uniform design of the buildings belonging to JKBOSE, which is yet to be approved,” the official said.
He said that not only were people put to inconvenience by subjecting them to visit the shabby rented accommodation but the delay also raises questions on the intention of the people responsible for shelving the project.
Locals in Pulwama feel the delay was only designed by some corrupt officials to mint money.
“They take a cut from the rents the JKBOSE pays towards the landlords whose buildings are being rented for accommodating the offices,” the locals alleged.
Secretary JKBOSE, Veena Pandita, however said that lack of funds was the reason for delay in taking up the construction project.
“We are an autonomous body and we have very limited resources on our disposal, which is the reason that a need was felt to have a uniform design for our offices,” Pandita told Kashmir Reader.
She said that the Finance Committee of the Board, which meets every year, has in the last few years sanctioned funds for a few projects.
“The heating system of the Bemina office, the Leh office and an office in Jammu are some of the projects which were given a nod by the committee in the last few years. Hopefully the Pulwama office will be next in line and gets a nod in near future,’ Pandita said.