The construction of the state government's ambitious project to unite all the government departments in a single building to provide the best services to the public, the district administrative complex (DAC), is progressing at a snail's pace.
The project worth approximately `52 crore was awarded to the public works department (PWD) in April 2011and was expected to be finished in 24 months but has failed to meet its deadline due to fund crunch.
The deadline for the completion of the project was May 2013 and it is already lagging behind by a year.
The funds to construct the building have to be provided by the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) under the optimum utilisation of vacant government land scheme.
Till now, only 50% construction work of the six floor building has been accomplished by the authorities, spending around `26 crore given by PUDA.
Sources said the delay in release of funds by PUDA authorities was the main reason behind the delay in construction of the DAC building. PWD authorities had to stop the construction for around nine months from May 2012 to December 2012 for the same reason. This delay also led to increasing the assumed price of `51 crore to the present price after the hike.
Meanwhile, the construction of the building is going on with the `3 crore which were released in April 2014 by PUDA and all the finishing work including wall ceiling, flooring, elevators, is still pending.
Executive engineer of PWD, Pawan Kumar, said they were trying their best to complete the construction of the building as soon as possible, but the main reason behind delay was shortage of funds.
"We have spent around half of the amount on the construction while we are still to get the other half from PUDA," he said.
All the government offices including the deputy commissioner's office, senior superintending police offices, sub divisional magistrate's office, additional deputy commissioner's office, Suwidha centre, Tehsil office, treasury office, public relations office, district transport office and district education (primary and secondary) office will be shifted to the building after its completion.