The work on the district administrative complex, which will house all government departments, is moving at a snail’s pace even as it is already two years behind its deadline.
The Rs 51.7 crore project, conceived to provide all the administrative services to the public under one roof, was awarded to the public works department (PWD) in April 2011 and was expected to be finished within two years.
The project failed to meet the deadline due to fund crunch, it has been learnt.
As per information, funds to construct the building are to be provided by the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA). The PWD has received Rs 34.50 crore of a total of Rs 51.7 crore so far.
In the past four years, the PWD has completed construction of the six-floor building whereas the work on flooring, ceiling, roads and parking spaces is still under progress.
Sources said the PUDA not releasing funds was the main reason behind delay in the construction of the complex.
“The PWD had to stop construction for about nine months from May 2012 to December 2012 due this, leading to increase in the cost of construction,” an official said. The Rs 8 crore which was released in the end of 2014 by PUDA is being spent on the construction of the building.
Pawan Kumar, executive engineer, PWD, said they are trying their best to complete the construction of the building as soon as possible.
“Now we are getting proper funding. If we keep on receiving funds uninterruptedly the building will be completed by November-end this year,” he said.
All government offices, including that of the deputy commissioner, senior superintendent of police (SSP), SP, sub-divisional magistrate, additional deputy commissioner's office, suwidha centre, tehsil, treasury, public relations, district transport officer and district education (primary and secondary), will be shifted to the building after its completion.