As the estimate files for the development works in the city are being shuffled from one department to another for re-evaluation, many officials in the local bodies government departments, who have been preparing the estimates from the last eight months, are apprehensive about the government’s intentions of releasing the funds for development, thinking it to be just another announcement to hog the limelight in the poll-bound state.
However, deputy commissioner Kamal Kishore Yadav, who is the also the chairman of the advisory committee formed under the Urban and Rural Regeneration Mission, informed that the funds would come by the end of this month.
Under the mission, Jalandhar city has been allocated Rs 373 crore and the committee made for the purpose would conceptualise, identify, execute and monitor work of the urban and rural infrastructure project.
On being asked about the dilly-dallying in sanctioning of the estimates prepared by the Jalandhar municipal corporation (MC) and other municipal councils, he said this was part of the procedure. “We have started the work under the mission from last December and all the works are part of the process. We need to make sure that all the submitted estimates are genuine and none of the projects are already in progress,” he added.