Rs 1.2 crore spent on community centre in Sirhind goes down the drain
The initial budget of the centre was around Rs 22.5 lakh, of which Rs 12 lakh was to be spent by the Centre, Rs 8 lakh by the state government and Rs 2.5 lakh by the civic body. However, it has now become a safe haven for drug addicts.punjab Updated: May 01, 2017 13:27 IST
Around Rs 1.2 crore spent on the community centre on the Khanpur Road here in 2008 has gone down the drain as the building still remains incomplete and has been almost abandoned. The structure was completed nearly a decade ago, but it has not been put to any use. Even the foundation stone of the building is missing.
Established under the Integrated Development of Small and Medium Towns (IDSMT) scheme of the Central government, the centre took a lot of time for completion and the cost escalated more than 5 times of the allocated budget.
The initial budget of the centre was around Rs 22.5 lakh, of which Rs 12 lakh was to be spent by the Centre, Rs 8 lakh by the state government and Rs 2.5 lakh by the civic body. However, it has now become a safe haven for drug addicts.
Though the municipal council had planned to give the centre on contract at a meeting in June 2015, but nothing has happened as of now.
After the meeting in June 2015, Tarlok Singh Bajwa, former president of the MC, had said, “It will take some more time to implement the plan. We are expecting to complete the formalities and the renovation work by January 2018 after which we will give it on contract.”
However, the council has failed to implement its plan even after 2 years.
While Sher Singh, current president of the MC said, they recently passed a resolution at a council meeting for its renovation and give it on contract. “An inquiry into the embezzlement of funds allegedly during its construction is still pending. We have to hold on the contract plan till it’s the completion of the inquiry,” Sher Singh said.
The two-floor building with several rooms, two halls, washrooms and kitchen has lost all window and door panes. Walls have developed cracks and there is growth of bushes in the premises.