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Hoshiarpur MC projects await approval since July

punjab Updated: Sep 07, 2013 19:25 IST
HT Correspondent
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With the failure of the government to appoint an administrator since July when the term of the elected president ended, development work in the city has been suffering, sources say.

Recently, tenders for development projects worth around Rs 3 crore had to be cancelled, because as per law, they could be opened only in the presence of an administrator, sources said.

These works were to be carried out under the MP Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS), Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF) and municipal fund. While projects under BRGF are required to be completed within a certain time frame to avail the next installment, work is on for only the previously approved minor projects.

Day-to-day office working is also getting affected in the absence of an administrator, with market payments and other financial matters awaiting signature of a competent authority.

Sources alleged that the appointment was getting delayed due to political wrangling.

However, denying the allegations, local bodies minister Chunni Lal Bhagat said that some other municipal bodies in the state were also awaiting appointments.

"We will make the appointments very soon," he claimed, adding that the town would soon get the status of a corporation, and the next elections would be held for mayor.

Besides Hoshiarpur, Hariana municipal committee too does not have an administrator, and has been without an executive officer for the past one month.