UT engineering department to declare progress of projects | Chandigarh News

CHANDIGARH: The administration has asked the UT engineering department to submit a progress report of the works initiated in the current financial year.
A senior UT official said that recently, the UT chief engineer had given a presentation to the UT administrator’s advisory council about different projects of the engineering wing. Thereafter, UT administrator V P Singh Badnore and UT adviser Manoj Parida told the engineering department to file a progress report.
The UT administration has also written to the various other departments for a similar a progress report on the projects to be completed in financial year 2020-21. The administration is short of budget, which has delayed many of its projects. The UT wants to keep track of its important projects.
The Union finance ministry had reduced the UT’s budget this financial year because of a long lockdown in the country’s fight against coronavirus. The administration had to prioritise and prepare estimates for the next financial year’s budget. The step was also forced by a dip in the revenue collection. A report on the city’s declined collection of goods and services tax (GST) was even submitted in the Lok Sabha. The decline was 29.5% in the first five months (April to August) of the financial year.
The UT finance department had made it clear to the other wings that they’ll get office expenses only for fuel and the LTC (leave travel concession) was banned. Also, the travel, dearness, and medical allowances were to be released with the adviser’s approval. Funds were earmarked for each department and their orders were to stick to those. The finance department reviews the expense statements regularly.
Road recarpecting work is still in progress in many sectors of Chandigarh. This work was planned in the last to last financial year (2018-2019). Earlier this year, engineering wing of the municipal corporation also completed the tender process worth Rs 35 crore to allot the work to re-carpet 150 kilometers of the city road length, which was due in the financial year 2019-2020. Since the MC had received only Rs 60 crore for road re-carpeting from the UT administration last year, that money will be spent on these re-carpeting projects. The city is divided into 10 subdivisions, and these poor roads are in every jurisdiction.

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