After being halted for around two months, the ambitious district administrative complex (DAC) project is back on the track as the construction work of this rs 78 crore project has started again.
The project, which was inaugurated by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal last year, had received a major blow when its construction stopped due to paucity of funds a couple of months ago.
Despite being one of the most important cities of Punjab, Amritsar does not have a district administrative complex. After a long wait, the construction work on DAC project had started last year only to get stalled a few months later.
During the latest visit of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal to Amritsar, deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat had taken up the matter with him.
Bhagat said, "The project on the work had stopped for couple of months due to the fund issue. But the matter was taken up with the government and now the work has started again".
The DC said, "The Punjab Land Records Society will fund the project and we hope that it will be completed in another year and a half."
PWD executive engineer (XEN) JS Sodhi, who is looking after the project, said, "The required formalities are almost complete and the funds will start flowing smoothly in a couple of days. After getting a nod from the government, the construction work has been started again".
The XEN said, "The first installment of rs5 crore will come in a couple of days. Around a sum of around rs17-18 crore has been spent on the project."
The absence of a district administrative complex in not only inconvenient for officials but it also causes a lot of hassles to the public, which has to move in different parts of the city for official work.
The police department is the worst-hit as most of its officers are operating from various places under a stop-gap arrangement.
Even the offices of various officials of the civil administration are scattered at different locations.
The existing building from where the civil administration is working is also unsafe as it is a very old structure.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The new DAC complex will have structures for both the civil administration as well as the police department. It will cover an area of 3.85 lakh sq feet. The building for the police commissionerate will be five-storeyed, besides having a basement. The complex meant for the civil administration will also have a similar structure.
Apart from the waiting area, it will have an underground parking and elevators for the convenience of the people.