Government Raps Districts for Delay in Repair Works

The State Government has rapped the administration of cyclone and flood affected districts for the delay in restoration of roads and buildings.

Published: 17th December 2013 10:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th December 2013 10:07 AM   |  A+A-

The State Government has rapped the administration of cyclone and flood affected districts for the delay in restoration of roads and buildings.

The Government had sanctioned `228.80 crore for repair and reconstruction of panchayat and panchayat samiti roads, bridges and  culverts while a provision of `18 crore was made for restoration of damaged residential and office buildings of panchayati raj institutions in 15 districts affected by cyclone and flood.

However, only `8.30 crore has been utilised for repair of 29 roads and 98 PRI buildings.

Reports received from the districts stated that only 29 out of 8,607 roads identified for repair and restoration have been completed. Though 1,800 PRI buildings were reported to have been damaged by the twin calamities, not a single building has been repaired so far.

In the building sector, restoration work has not been started in 11 districts. Only Ganjam, Gajapati, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts have taken up restoration works of 98 buildings in the first week of December.

Though projects were identified for repair and restoration, nine districts including Ganjam, Gajapati, Mayurbhanj and Puri have not submitted list of projects for approval of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC).

The four districts have sustained maximum damage while Ganjam is the worst affected.

 The other districts which have failed to submit the list of projects for SRC approval are Bhadrak, Cuttack, Jajpur, Kandhamal and Kendrapara.

Though a large part of Mayurbhanj district was severely affected by flash floods, the district has identified only 83 roads and one PRI building for repair and restoration.

It shows that the identification of damaged roads and buildings has not been assessed properly.

Sources in the Panchayati Raj department said Bhadrak and Jajpur districts have not yet started restoration works. Nine districts have not utilised the funds purpose.

The Government has asked the collectors of the 15 districts to complete the repair and restoration works by January 15.

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