Development projects in Bhilwara have hit the financial hurdle with the administration stopping 135 construction works worth Rs. 337 crore.
The previous Congressruled Urban Improvement Trust ( UIT) had sanctioned Rs. 356 crore out of Rs. 400 crore allotted for road- widening, mini secretariat, overhead bridges. The UIT has now only Rs. 6 crore in its account and it has to pay the civil contractors whose dues are more than the fund.
A high- level committee, headed by additional collector ( city) Suresh Yadav and four other members, recently finalised their report and gave the UIT green signal for works only in 29 projects worth Rs. 19 crore.
Though the UIT has already given work orders to various contractors, the committee expressed its reluctance to continue with the rest 135 projects.
The committee observed that the first- phase of minisecretariat would cost the government Rs. 111.14 crore, two road over bridges (Jodhdas and Paldi) linking would cost it 110 crore. Similarly, the administration will not undertake projects like 10 community buildings in periphery area Rs. 12.5 lakh each, Aazad Nagar community building Rs. 1.28 crore and Rs. 80 crore work under Nehru Vihar Yojna.
The UIT officials are worried about the recommended Rs. 16 crore work without surplus fund.
UIT superintendent engineer Ladu Ram Bishnoi said, “We will start works in 19 projects only. The rest work orders are now treated as cancelled, and contractors are advised to get their money from UIT office.”
BJP legislator VS Avasthi alleged that the UIT cheated more than 2,800 who thought of g etting a house under the Nehru Vihar residential scheme after keeping them wait for more than two years.
Vilay Jain, a computer hardware engineer, said, “I had deposited all the installments of Rs. 13 lakh after taking loan but couldn’t find the land for my dream house.”