Baramulla: Even after six years have passed since the government started construction work on the mini-secretariat in Watergam area of Rafiabad in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, it remains unfinished due to the shortage of funds.
Local people of the area said that construction work for the mini-secretariat was started in the year 2012 and its estimated cost at the time was Rs 5.56 crores. Today the building is almost complete, they said, but due to the non-seriousness of higher officials, pending work on the project has not as yet been undertaken.
“Ninety percent of the work is almost complete and only 10 percent work or finishing touches remain. We don’t understand why the other work is pending,” said Javid Ahmad, a local. He added that the purpose of the mini-secretariat was to accommodate all government offices at one place, otherwise all our officers are at different places, but due to the non-seriousness of the government, people are still suffering and are visiting different areas for official works.”
The officials in the Roads and Buildings (R&B) Department confirm that the building is almost complete but due to the shortage of funds, finishing touches and some inner work are pending. “When the government releases more funds, the department will complete it in just 15 days,” an R&B department officer said. However, he continued, despite the department’s writing to the government several times about the funds, “it looks like the government is not serious about providing relief to the general public of the area”.