NEW DELHI: The has incurred the Delhi government’s wrath for not inviting tenders for several key infrastructure projects despite getting clearance from the expenditure and finance committee and the cabinet.
These projects include flyovers at Jagatpur and Shastri Park, re-modelling of eight government hospitals and widening of bridges over the Najafgarh drain. The principal secretary (finance) has now asked project managers to provide timelines for inviting tenders, noting at a recent expenditure review meeting that the “average expenditure by was less than 10% in the first quarter”.
East Delhi flyover
The Shastri Park flyover project is part of a plan to create a signal-free corridor from UP border to ISBT. It was cleared by Delhi cabinet in June, but tenders are yet to be invited. The flyover is to come up at Shastri Park junction on GT Road, but traffic cops say PWD should complete the work on the outer ring road connecting east Delhi with north and south Delhi before starting work there. The project was cleared by UTTIPEC in July 2017.
ITO Skywalk, RTR
The finance secretary observed at the meeting that construction work of RTR was progressing at a slow pace and “it may be ensured that fund allotted is utilised fully and work completed by March 2019”.
She also noted that the skywalk at ITO might not be completed in the given timeline. PWD officials said around 50% of the work for the project — touted as Delhi’s longest foot overbridge — was now complete and the new deadline had been fixed for August-end. When finished, the skywalk will be 570 metres long and help ease pedestrian movement along Mathura Road, Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and Sikandra Road.
The status of work like strengthening of Ring Road from Mayapuri to Punjabi Bagh and Ashram Chowk to is unknown. “The sanction was issued by EFC last year, but the status is not known,” the secretary said.
A senior PWD official, on the condition of anonymity, said it was “normal for projects of this magnitude to take some time before finalisation of tenders”. He said: “There are so many aspects that have to be looked into and objections from various departments considered. If tenders are issued in haste, it may cause problems later,” he said.
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