Srinagar: Senior PDP leader Nizamuddin Bhat on Thursday expressed dismay over the inordinate delay in the completion of pending projects in Bandipora.
In a statement issued here, he said that Bandipora was accorded district status after a long struggle and various governments provided funds for infrastructure building in various key sectors.
“However executing agencies failed to meet the timeline and the area continues to lag behind,” he said.
Bhat said funds for raising district hospital building, power grid station, bus stand, town electricity management under APDRP, tourism management, Wular management, NHPC funds for the local hospital at Sonarwani and Madumati nallah, Tribal sub-plan have yielded nothing except pilferage and delayed works now suffer from cost-escalation.
He said similarly, the funds provided under flood- management, horticulture development, forest conservation, public health, sports, sanitation, environment and conservation have changed little on the development front of the district.
Bhat said chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s outreach at Bandipora last year provided local administration a further boost through funds and administrative support, yet the pace is slow enough to show visible change.
He said unnecessary political interference and interventions in basic plans are some of the causes which have caused delays or have made the projects virtual defunct.
Bhat said, unfortunately, fresh complaints about corruption and mismanagement in hospital, power, municipality and other important departments have invited departmental and vigilance inquiries. “This is giving a further blow to development at the cost of poor masses who did not deserve such a raw deal.”
Bhat appealed chief minister to call status report on alleged bungling and misappropriation for immediate corrective action. He also appealed for speedy utilization of funds for Srinagar- Bandipore road, which has cost dear to district population ever since the money provided by NHPC for road building went haywire.
He also appealed civil society in the district to kindly make right appraisals without compromising facts so that people are not misled by vested interests.