Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Tuesday reviewed the status of progress on various big ticket projects being implemented in the State by Economic reconstruction Agency (ERA) under Asian Development Bank funding. He gave a direction that the contractors responsible for unnecessary delays and failures in completing the works within the prescribed time frame should be black listed.
“Laxities and casual approach by such contractors should not be tolerated, you should initiate action against unscrupulous contractors”, CM told ERA stressing on sticking to the work schedule fixed for completion of works,” chief minister said.
Chairing 18th Governing Body meeting of ERA, Chief Minister received complete brief about pace of progress on various works and the time frame fixed for their completion.
Political Advisor to the Chief Minister, Devinder Singh Rana, MLA Ashwani Kumar, Chief Secretary, Madhav Lal, Principal Secretary Finance, M. I. Khandey, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas, Principal Secretary Housing, Suresh Kumar, Commissioner Secretary R&B, Tanveer Jehan, Chief Executive Officer, ERA, Saurav Bhagat and other senior officers were present in the meeting.
Emphasizing on timely completion of works, Chief Minister directed ERA for fast tracking the projects including construction of modern multi-tier parking at KMD Adda, Srinagar, Jahangir Chowk and Bikram Chowk flyovers, Jammu, Talab Tillo sewerage scheme, Jammu storm water drainage projects at Athwajan, Digiana and Channi Himmat, procurement of solid waste management equipment for Srinagar Municipal Corporation, procurement of water tankers and strengthening of water supply system in Jammu city.
Describing these projects of greater public service importance, Chief Minister said , “ the progress on these projects should be as per a well planned schedule”.
“Work should move ahead as per a fixed bar chart,” He added. He also directed for physical auditing of the projects.
Chief Minister also laid stress on proper rehabilitation of shopkeepers and householders whose establishments come under infrastructural development schemes.
“You should take full care of these people and ensure their up to the mark rehabilitation”, directed chief minister.
In a PowerPoint presentation, the CEO ERA gave a resume of the achievements registered by the organization and gave detailed account of the works being taken in hand shortly.
“Rs. 1440 crores have been expended by ERA on various projects till September this year adding that further Rs. 200 crores are being spent on these projects,” he said.