TRAL: After spending lakhs of rupees on construction of Live Stock Development Office in Tral, the construction has been stalled due to the paucity of funds.
The office meant to fulfil the livestock needs of about 80 villages in Tral is situated in the main town of Tral sub-district of south Kashmir.
According to the officials, construction of the new building was initiated after the old buildings which were constructed in the era of Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Sing, developed cracks and were declared unsafe by the authorities.
Officials said that buildings are not safe for work. “These old buildings can collapse with a single jerk of earthquake thus may lead to tragedy,” an official said while demanding early completion of the new building which was started about a decade ago.
Residents said that the work on the building was stopped in 2012 due to unknown reasons.
They said that they brought the issue under the notice of higher officials but despite that, the building was not completed. “The construction was supposed to be completed within two years but even after a decade, the completion of the building is nowhere?”
Bashir Ahmad Mir, a resident of Tral said that the structure of the new building is decaying without any use. “The most of the work on the building has been done while spending lakhs of rupees on it but didn’t complete it due to which the raised structure is decaying without any use,” he said.
Livestock breeders from the area allege government of abandoning their area from developmental works. “A large number of people in our area are dependent on livestock grazings like cows and sheep and government must look into our problems,” one of the locals said.
Officials from Roads and Buildings department said that the project was started in 2009-10, and it was taken under the funds of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) with the estimated cost of Rs 28.77 lakhs. “The estimate meant only raising of building and no other works. We need 30.28 lakhs of rupees more to complete the construction,” an official said.
He added that they have done additional work of cost of Rs 6 lakh. “Once the NABARD will release funds, we will start work on the building either the state government has to sanction the required for its completion,” he added.
Executive engineer Roads and Buildings department, Sajad Naquib told Kashmir Reader that that project has ‘cost overrun’ issue.
zThere is need of more which were not released yet,” he said.