Yet to pickmomentum


The PMDP was announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Jammu and Kashmir on November 7, 2015 and since then progress on the projects sanctioned under the package is being monitored by the Central Government as well as senior functionaries of the State Government periodically. In a testimony of snail's pace work, only one project has been completed under Prime Minister's Development Package (PMDP) in Leh district despite lapse of nearly three years. Moreover, no time-frame has been specified for completion of all other projects, which otherwise are of immense importance for better connectivity and mitigation of damages due to floods.
However, the execution of projects in Leh district has yet not picked up momentum till date although nearly three years have already lapsed since the announcement of the package and out of eight projects being executed at an estimated cost of Rs 1500 lakh only one has been completed till date although funds have been released to the concerned authorities. Against Rs 1499.90 lakh released to the concerned authorities, expenditure of only Rs 540.41 lakh has been made by the
concerned executing agencies till date. A 70 meters span steel rope trolley bridge at Jingchen Lingshed is the only project which has been
completed at a cost of Rs 5.45 lakh so far.
As far as re-construction of 40 meters span foot suspension bridge over Zanskerriver at WariDho and construction of 25 meters foot suspension bridge over river Zanskar at Nyerak are concerned, not even a single penny has been expended till date although funds to the tune of Rs 70 lakh and Rs 31.60 lakh respectively have already been released. Similarly, only superstructure has been procured as far as construction of 60 meters span steel girder arch type bridge at Baldais over Indus river is concerned. For this project, an amount of Rs 458.74 lakh has already been released to the concerned authorities. The progress on reconstruction of double storied rest house building at Bema is also not up to the desired level. For flood protection works along river Indus at Nimoo, an amount of Rs 70.95 lakh has been expended against availability of Rs 117.80 lakh. "The work has been completed on 1150 meters only so far", sources informed.

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