The government of India has released an additional central assistance of Rs 37.50 crore for the Buddha Nullah cleaning project.
This is in addition to the Rs 50 crore provided by the Planning Commission of India and Rs 16 crore under bio-remediation project for the cleaning of the Nullah by the environment ministry earlier.
In a press note, union information and broadcasting minister and local member of parliament (MP) Manish Tewari, said, after he pursued the matter with the Planning Commission of India, it recommended the payment of an additional central assistance of Rs 37.50 crore for the domestic sewerage of Ludhiana city after treatment at the sewerage treatment plant through Buddha Nullah and by connecting network of distributaries and waters courses.
Tewari said the funds were being released to the state government immediately with the direction that these be released to the implementing agency without any delay. Failure in doing so would lead to the recovery of the money with interest for the period of default, he added.
Tewari said he hoped that the state government would ensure proper utilisation of funds, and that they did not meet the same fate as the Rs 50 crore he got released in August 2009, of which the state government was yet to provide an account as to how and where they were spent.