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Fund crunch, lack of Uttarakhand government's support hits DMC's restoration projects

Neha Pant Neha Pant Neha Pant, Hindustan Times  Dehradun, June 28, 2014
First Published: 14:31 IST(28/6/2014) | Last Updated: 14:41 IST(28/6/2014)

Monsoons are round the corner, but many of the Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) projects that had got damaged last year due to heavy rains are yet to be repaired. With no government aid received last year to conduct post-disaster repair works and its own ailing financial health at present, the situation has inflicted a double whammy on Uttarakhand’s biggest civic body.

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Damage caused by the deluge

Heavy rains (at least 370 mm of record rainfall on June 17 alone) that hit Dehradun in June 2013 led to colossal damages to more than 500 structures including safety embankments, retaining walls, roads and drains within the civic body’s area.

The DMC prepared an exhaustive report of the same and sent it to the state government through the district administration. However, the DMC alleges that it did not receive any relief funds from the state government for conducting repair works.

Relief funds sought by the civic body

The DMC in its report sought relief funds of `89.09 lakh for repairing damaged roads and drains, `58.69 lakh for wire crates on embankments and `58.63 lakh for restoration work on the largely washed away kabadi market area in Kargi. On the other hand, total 540 wire crates in at least 25 locations including Dehrakhas, Vivek Vihar, Johri Road, Lower Kargi, Rajivnagar, Race Course, Chandar Road and Patel Nagar had to be repaired.

The DMC sought `175 lakh for patchwork in various areas where damages were caused by heavy rains. The total estimates thus stood at around `8.56 crore.

‘Don’t politicise relief works’

Ninu Sehgal, leader of opposition in DMC, said that such a sensitive issue should not be given political colors by the BJPthat leads the DMC. “What is the purpose of the civic body’s existence if it has to look out for the government’s help in every other matter? Merely forwarding estimates to higher authorities does not help; it was the responsibility of the DMC authorities to pursue the case strongly. Instead of politicizing the issue, the mayor and his team should have made efforts to get the funds rolling,” Sehgal told HT.


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