Works limping at Ambedkar Bhavan

Estimated cost escalates from Rs 2.75 crore in 2005 to Rs 4.95 crore now

The eight year dream of residents of Mandya of having an Ambedkar Bhavan seems to take some more time, thanks to the snail’s pace of construction works due to lack of funds.

The building was proposed to be constructed by Karnataka Bhoosena Nigama at an estimated cost of Rs 2.75 crore in 2005 at Subhash Nagar in city. The district administration too had given green signal for the same but had to knock the doors of the court for allotment of site.

By the time the issue pertaining to site was complete it was January 2010 and the works were handed over to Nirmiti Kendra and the estimated cost had escalated to Rs 4.95 crore.

Zilla Panchayat had released Rs 10 lakh, state government - Rs 60 lakh, Rs 1.55 crore from city municipal council and Rs five lakh from MP Chaluvarayaswamy’s MPLAD fund.
While the estimated cost stood at Rs 4.95 crore, Rs 2.3 crore has been collected so far and the remaining Rs 2.65 cr has to be released by the state government.

A proposal has been submitted in this regard said deputy director of Social Welfare department E V Venkataramana Reddy.

Though funds are required to complete the works, currently there is no immediate shortage of funds. Out of Rs 2.3 crore available, bills of Rs 159.69 lakh have been settled for works completed. There is a balance of Rs 60.31 lakh. The works are limping even if there is funds.

The CMC has released 22.75 per cent of funds. If the same funds had been utilised for creating self employment, educational and construction of houses, it would have benefited many. But here, though the bhavan is getting ready, it is not of any use as of now, opine locals.

They urge that the elected representatives should stress the state government to immediately release the remaining funds as already two years have passed since the construction of the building.

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