AAfter a delay for over three years, the district excise and taxation department will finally get the possession of its new office near bus stand. The five- storey building’s construction had started in December 2011. The construction work has been hanging in air for five years as the Punjab Urban Planning &Development Authority (PUDA) failed to release the amount.
The office is situated in the area of around 3.21 acre with a parking area in the basement. Yash Construction, a Bhatinda based construction company was given a contract for the construction of the building. Ajit Singh, site engineer informed, “Earlier the estimate cost for bringing the structure was ₹ 6.5 crore but when the construction was underway the cost was found to be higher than the estimated cost.”
The revised estimate was Rs 11 crore. Ajit informed that the government took a long time approving the revised estimate due to which the project came to a standstill for two and a half years. He said that the target for the completion of the project was mid 2014. “The government approved revised estimate in August last year,” said Ajit Singh. He informed, “PUDA has cleared all the payments mostly and we will be giving the possession by this week.”
District excise and taxation commissioner (DETC) BK Virdi said, “We will take possession in a day or two.” “The negotiations are still underway,”said Virdi. He informed that in the new building all the four offices of excise and taxation commissioner, assistant excise and taxation commissioner (AETC) 1 and 2, mobile wing, DETC office will be shifted.
The office will be convenient to the public as they no longer will have to shuttle between offices. Officials said that it will take them another two months to shift