Building work delay leaves tots roofless

An amount of Rs five crore had been released in stages for the construction of 127 anganwadi centres in four taluks of the district.

The construction work, which should have been completed in the years 2006-07, 2008-09, is not yet over, leaving the children roofless.

Work on the construction of 60 anganwadi centres is going on at a snail’s pace. Of these, two buildings were marked for 2006-07, while 17 buildings were supposed to have been completed in 2008-09.

A sad commentary

The fact that work on these buildings is not yet over is a sad commentary on the lack of responsibility on the part of agencies undertaking the building work, say people here.

The Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Corporation, the Nirmithi Kendra and the engineering division of the Zilla Panchayat had been given the task of constructing these buildings, sources in the department of women and child development told Deccan Herald.

An officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that these agencies were not responding to repeated requests to complete the building work at the earliest. Basavaraja Sheelavantar, a leader of the Anganwadi Workers Union and the district president of AITUC, questions as to why these agencies weren’t expediting the construction work, at least in the interest of children attending the anganwadi centres.

Pending tasks

* One anganwadi centre building each, listed for 2007-08, is yet to be completed in Koppal and Yelburga taluks.
* Five anganwadi centre buildings each in Koppal and Yelburga taluks, 10 in Kushtagi and one in Gangavathi taluk are pending for completion under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund for the year 2008-09.
* Eight anganwadi centre buildings in Kushtagi taluk, six in Koppal and four in Yelburga taluk are yet to be completed. Work on these anganwadi centre buildings was taken up under the Special Development Project for 2009-10.
* Work on eight anganwadi centre buildings in Yelburga taluk, six in Kushtagi, five in Koppal taluk and two in Gangavathi taluk, listed for 2010-11, is yet to be accomplished.

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