Srinagar, Mar 15: Senior PDP leader Nizamuddin Bhat has expressed dismay over the inordinate delay in completion of pending projects in Bandipora.
In a statement, he recalled how after struggle of decades, Bandipora was accorded district status and in follow up various governments provided funds for infra-structure building in various key sectors. “However, executing agencies failed to meet the time line and the area continues to lag behind.”
Bhat said funds for raising district hospital building, power grid station, bus stand, town electricity management under APDRP, tourism management, Wular management, NHPC funds for local hospital at Sonarwani and Madumati nallah, Tribal sub-plan have yielded nothing except pilferage and half done works which now suffer from cost-escalation.
He said similarly, the funds provided under flood- management, horticulture development, forest conservation, public health, sports, sanitation, environment and conservation have made little change and development scenario remains dismal in the area.
Bhat said chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s outreach at Bandipora last year provided local administration a further boost through funds and administrative support, yet the pace is slow enough to show up.
He said unnecessary political interference and interventions in basic plans are some of the causes which have caused delays or have made the projects virtual anfractuous.
Bhat said unfortunately, there have been fresh complainers of corruption and mismanagement in hospital, power, municipality and other important departments which have invited departmental and vigilance inquiries. “This is giving further blow to development at the cost of poor masses who did not deserve such a raw deal.”
Bhat appealed chief minister to call status report on alleged bungling and misappropriation for immediate corrective action. He also appealed for speedy utilisation of funds for Srinagar- Bandipore road, which has cost dear to district population ever since the money provided by NHPC for road building that went heywire.
He also appealed civil society in the district to kindly make right appraisals without compromising facts so that people are not misled by vested interests. (KNS)