The district administrative complex missed another deadline as the public works department has to stop construction works after Punjab urban development authority (PUDA) failed to release funds.
Officials were expected to complete this much-awaited housing project of all government departments by the end of November this year.
The Rs 51.7 crore project, conceived to provide all administrative services to public under one roof, was awarded to the public works department (PWD) in April 2011 and was expected to be finished within two years.
As per information, funds to construct the building were to be provided by the Punjab urban development authority (PUDA) and the PWD has received only Rs 39.50 crore out of Rs 51.7 crore so far. The last grant of Rs 5 crore was received in April this year.
In the past four years, the PWD has completed about 80% construction of the sixth-floor building, while minor finishing works, including whitewash, flooring, ceiling and parking spaces are underway.
Sources said the PUDA is not releasing funds, resulting in delay of construction of the complex.
“This is for the second time the executing agency has to stop the construction for long period due to non-availability of fund from the government,” sources said.
Earlier, construction was stopped for about nine months from May 2012 to December 2012 due to non-availability of funds, leading to increase in construction cost.
Manvesh Singh Sidhu, chief administrator, PUDA, said that after the executing agency raised the demand of funds in April, PUDA sent Rs 5 crore. After that, PUDA has not received any demand from the PWD, he added.
“We will send grants after the PWD asks for it,” he said.On the other side, PWD officials said they have been seeking grant for a number of times, but PUDA authorities have not released funds.
Pawan Kumar, executive engineer, PWD, said that the building will be completed in six months after receiving grants from PUDA.