Unused funds, substandard works draws flak

Unused funds, substandard works draws flak

State government sanctions Rs 30 crore every year for development of city

While non-utilisation of funds sanctioned as part of the first phase of works has come to the fore, sub-standard works of the second phase of works related to city development, has raised furore in Mandya. 

The State government has been releasing Rs 30 crore every year for city development, which comes under City Municipal Council. The government had released Rs 30 crore during the year 2011, and 102 civic works were started in the year. Out of this, 94 works have been completed, utilising Rs 28.33 crore. Even after two years the funds have not been utilised properly.

As part of the second phase, 17 road works were taken up. While some have been completed, others are still pending. Star Builders, a Bangalore based company has taken up the contract of the project.

Outsourcing

While there are allegations that the works are not up to mark, and that the contractor was outsourcing the works to sub-contractors. Inspection of the works have been handed over to a third company. 

Inspection

However, Deputy Commissioner B N Krishnaiah has said that the works would be reviewed again and if necessary, he would personally inspect the completed works. Meanwhile, District-in-charge Minister Ambareesh too had warned the contractors. Public demand is that the works taken up as part of first phase too be scrutinised.

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