JAMMU: Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh Monday informed the Legislative Assembly that civic works and other infrastructure is being developed in the major towns under state capex budget’s twin schemes of Integrated Development of Medium Towns (IDMT) in urban development sector and town drainage schemes in ‘Drainage Sector.’
He said that annual ceiling in action plan and works programme under IDMT, for execution of different nature of works on year to year basis, is approved for each town and is determined on the basis of population and number of wards criteria. He said the works programme is finalised in consultation with the respective public representatives.
Replying to a calling attention notice of legislator Pawan Kumar Gupta, Singh said that 4 wards have been added to Udhampur Town taking the total number to 21 and the annual allocation under the twin schemes is provided for the entire township including the newly added wards.
He said in the year 2015-16 around 21 works were executed and completed in Udhampur town under IDMT at an estimated cost of Rs. 48.25 lakhs, while additional Rs 50 lakh were provided under the same scheme for execution and completion of seven works, which included 2 works in newly added 4 wards, at an estimated cost of Rs. 14.50 lakh.
Singh further said that in the year 2016-17, over 16 works were executed and completed at an estimated cost of Rs. 48.25 lakhs, of which two works at an estimated cost of Rs. 11.30 lakh were completed in newly added wards of the town.
He said during current financial year (2017-18), an allocation of Rs 36 lakh has been approved for the town under State Capex Budget IDMT scheme, for execution of 13 works, including one work in newly added ward at an estimated cost of Rs 4 lakh which has also been completed.
He said that in addition an amount of Rs 30 lakh has been released under the same scheme to meet the emergent public demands. “Around 11 works have been identified in consultation with the local MLA, of which three works have been executed and completed in the newly added wards of the Udhampur town,” he added.