Guv reviews action plan for completion of languishing projects

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JAMMU: Governor Satya Pal Malik Wednesday directed the administration to gear up for completing the languishing developmental projects within the set timeframe so that the same are put to public use at the earliest.

He was speaking at a high-level meeting convened here this afternoon to review the implementation of the Action Plan for completion of the languishing projects in the state.

Advisors to the Governor, K Vijay Kumar and Kewal Krishan Sharma; Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam; Principal Secretary to the Governor, Umang Narula; Principal Secretary Health & Medical Education, Atal Dulloo; Principal Secretary Finance, Navin K Choudhary; Principal Secretary Planning Development & Monitoring, Rohit Kansal; Commissioner Secretary, PWD (R&B), Khurshid Ahmad Shah; Secretary Tourism, Rigzian Sampheal; Secretary PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Farooq Ahmad Shah; Executive Director, J&K Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation, Nazim Zai Khan, and other concerned officers were present at the meeting.

Stressing on the officers to accord top priority to this new initiative, Governor said Rs 8000 crore have been earmarked for completion of all such projects which are hanging fire for decades for want of adequate resources. “Inordinate delay in the execution of developmental projects not only leads to cost and time overrun but also fuels public dissatisfaction as they are not able to benefit from the same,” he said.

“While approving languishing projects for funding priority should be given to the key sectors including road communication, drinking water, education, healthcare, irrigation and sports,” he said and added that all the long-pending projects should be strictly completed within the specified time-lines agreed to in the high-powered committee. He said no further time or cost overrun should be allowed under any circumstances on such projects. “With full commitment and focus, we should be able to achieve good progress on this initiative in the larger public interest,” Governor said and added that the physical and financial progress of each project should be updated regularly on the official websites of the concerned Departments so that people know the status of each project. He also called for geo-tagging of all languishing projects to be taken up for completion.

Briefing the meeting about the Action Plan for completion of languishing projects, Principal Secretary Finance, Navin K Choudhary said that so far 1014 languishing projects in various sectors costing Rs 2171.91 crore have been approved for funding through newly established JKIDFC.