Around 40% of the state capital’s storm water drainage and sewer laying projects are still incomplete and the Lucknow Municipal Corporation is likely to miss the extended deadline for the JNNURM projects.
The deadline for the Rs 540crore projects was first extended till June 2013 and then to December after the civic body failed to complete work by June this year.
LMC officials said, “Currently, due to rains the work has been stopped totally. About 60% work on the 400-km storm water drains has been completed so far. It’s difficult to complete the work by December because of various reasons like lack of coordination between various civic departments like Jal Nigam, which is executing the projects.”
Over the past year, some areas have been suffering due to dug-up roads. Rajiv Nagar, Indira Nagar, Vikas Nagar, and Mahanagar Extension are the worst hit. The sewer laying and storm water drainage projects started in three phases - one in Old City and the other two intrans-Gomti area - and all of them remain incomplete.
The Centre has taken a serious view of the delay and warned of delay in future grants.
LMC officials admitted that they are worried because JNNURM II is just about to begin. “The problem here is that we are not carrying out our construction work. LMC is just the nodal agency while all the work is performed by Jal Nigam, which never listens to the corporation,” said an official.
Mayor Dinesh Sharma said, “Look how Gujarat and Maharashtra have utilised the funds for development. They have been successful because their corporations have prepared project reports and implemented them unlike in UP where an agency is hired to prepare projects and a different agency is given the work of execution.”