Rs 55.26 cr Shalteng drainage project approved: Dy CM

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Work on 93 drainage schemes on in City ’

JAMMU: Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Monday said that wide raging works are underway on multiple fronts under various central and state sponsored schemes to strengthen the drainage systems in Batamaloo constituency.
Responding to the Calling Attention Notice by MLA Noor Mohammad Sheikh, Singh elaborated on various works initiated for drainage augmentation in the area.
He stated that Rs 55.26 crore drainage scheme Shalteng has been approved under centrally sponsored scheme “AMRUT” under which 692 Mts. (48%) of drain length has been completed till date out of the allotted length of 1460 Mts. He said the ultimate target of the scheme is construction of 19.43 km drainage network covering a catchment area of 2.65 Sq km.
Singh informed that the areas namely Mustafa-abad, Umerabad, Friends Colony, Shah-i-Hamdan Colony, Iqbal Colony etc would get drainage facility on completion of the project. He also informed that a DPR is being formulated to construct proper drainage system in Zainkote.
Deputy CM informed that presently 93 ongoing drainage schemes are being executed SMC at an estimated cost of Rs 187.52 crore under State Capex Budget, against which a cumulative expenditure of Rs 63.66 crore has been incurred till ending March 2017, which includes 19 electromechanical schemes.
Meanwhile, Nirmal Singh said that a DPR for an amount of Rs 9.23 crore has been prepared to improve the Storm Drainage Network in the uncovered areas and it would be prioritised under ensuing loan of ADB funding through Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA).
“For the other areas of Batamaloo constituency, 38 drainage schemes are going on under State Capex Budget at an estimated cost of Rs 123.52 crore against which a cumulative expenditure of Rs 29.34 crore has been achieved till March 2017,” he said. “During current financial year, an amount of Rs 34 lakh has been released which stands utilised in full.”