Lingering for long, DAC project gets new deadline

  • Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Sep 27, 2015 20:25 IST
A view of the under construction district administrative complex (DAC) building in Amritsar on Sunday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

After failing to meet several deadlines at a time when most of the officers of the district and the police administration fail to get appropriate offices to operate, the much ambitious “district administrative complex” (DAC) project has now got a new deadline – July, 2016.

The project that was inaugurated by Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal in 2013 had received a major blow in the past when few months back even its constructed work was halted due to paucity of funds. Although the work was re-started after two months after it was stopped, till now it’s away from completion.

The project, which was envisaged more than five years back, is yet to be completed and as a result, it’s not only tough for officers to operate, but also for people of Amritsar who have to travel to different parts of city to get their official works done.

Talking to HT, deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat said, “This Rs 78-crore project will be complete by July, 2016. We know it has been on the slower side when it comes to completion of work, but in a recent meeting with the deputy chief minister, the PWD officials maintained that by July 2016, the DAC will be operational.”

DC Bhagat claimed that construction process has picked up pace and there was a lot of focus on this work.

Many officers of the district and the police administration have to operate from stop-gap arrangements, as they do not have offices of their own.

Talking about the upcoming DAC, the DC said, “The new complex will have new structures for both the civil administration as well as the police department. It will cover an area of 3.85 lakh square feet. The structure of the police commissionerate will have a basement, a ground floor and four more storeys. The complex of the civil administration will also have a similar structure. Apart from waiting area, underground parking, record rooms, elevators will also be there for the facility of people. This infrastructure has definitely taken years, but once complete, it will be a state of art facility. Facilities will be given to the public so that they do not face any hassle when they visit the DAC,” said the officer.

Officers continue to operate from different places

The absence of a new district administrative complex has brought in trouble for, both, the officers and the public. The police department is worst hit as most of its officers are operating from stop-gap arrangements and few even sit in old buildings of a government hospital.

Even the offices of various officials of civil administration are scattered at different locations.

The existing structure from where the civil administration is working is also majorly unsafe due to old structures.

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