Delayed civil works irks ZP chief

Warned if not completed within 15 days jobs will be given to private contractors

Warning President zilla panchayath M Srinivas speaking at the September review meeting at Kolaron THursday. Vice-president Naveeda Khan is also seen. DH Photo

Speaking at the progress review meeting for the month of September, held here on Thursday, he expressed dissatisfaction with regard to the working style of the officials. He alleged that officials are hand-in-glove with the owners of rented buildings and hence are not getting the government buildings repaired and facilitating to shift offices.  “In every review meeting the civil works progress has become the main agenda for discussion. It has become impossible to review other issues at all” he said.
Construction and repairs of several buildings including those of Social Welfare Department, schools, Hostels for backward classes students are not completed on scheduled time and discussions about this was carried on in detail.
President Srinivas and CEO G V Rangarao took to task panchayat chief engineer Devaraj and PWD engineer.

DDPi Prahalad Gowda informed that under the Sarva Shikshan Abhiyan Rs110 lakh has been sanctioned and Rs 55 lakh has been released. Further Rs1.48 crore is going to be released shortly. If the repair works are not completed at the earliest it will not be possible to utilise all the funds, he cautioned.

Replying to president Devaraj said the schools repair would be completed by November and building constructions would be completed by January.
To this DDPI expressed that the repair works are not even started yet.

Like hell
“The refugee centre at Tamaka is like hell. More than 35 members are staying at a small room. Alternate arrangements has to be made for them. In Bangarpet, a sericulture building is being renovated for centre. If the PWD completes the works at the earliest   the refugees can be shifted, said DDPI Prahladgowda who is also the in charge social welfare officer.

During discussion it also came to light that the building has been handed over by the sericulture department to social welfare department more than an year ago yet, the repair works are not completed. However the PWD engineer was not present to reply to that. The president decided to take strict action if he is not present at the next meeting.
Officer Rajappa furnished the details about the delay in repair works of hostels for backward classes students.  Monthly Rs12,000 rent is being paid to a building rented at the outskirts of the city as the government building is not yet repaired. In DP halli too even after one and half years after handing over the building is not ready yet, he said.
A fed up president asked sarcastically “if 10 years are required to complete the civil works”. To this Devaraj the civil works will be completed by November 2.
Other issues discussed included permission not sought for purchase of computers, printers and photo copy machines for panchayaths and report about anganawadis not being submitted by the Women and Child Welfare Department.
Vice-president Naveeda Khan was present.

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