Saturday, April 15, 2017

PCMC loses Rs 400cr as JNNURM projects remain incomplete

Pune Mirror‎‎: Pune: Saturday, April 15, 2017.
Slum rehabilitation, water supply caught up in controversy and land acquisition problems.
Delays in civic projects have cost the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) a hefty Rs 400 crore. With March 31, 2017 being the last date for the civic body to complete several of its pilot projects water supply, slum rehabilitation, sewage treatment plants PCMC will be forced to return the funds to the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNRUM).
PCMC had launched JNNURM projects worth Rs 2,562 crore in 2006. Some of the key ones included the bus rapid transit system (BRTS), lifting water directly from the Pavana dam through a closed pipeline, slum rehabilitation, 24x7 water supply, etc. There were around 18 such projects to be taken up and completed by March 2017.
Neelkanth Poman, PCMC assistant commissioner, said, “Some of the projects were delayed due to various reasons acquisition, environmental clearances, etc. But several of them have been completed and have given Pimpri- Chinchwad a complete makeover over the last decade. The civic administration covered all the major highways and road development work.”
Poman added that the incomplete projects would now have to be completed on PCMC’s own steam. Those left incomplete include the Rs 715-crore slum rehabilitation project entailing construction of over 18,000 flats. PCMC had constructed nearly 6,000 flats of 11,000 flats in Sector 22 of the Ota Scheme, before the project was caught up in a controversy. A Sena corporator, under the Right to Information Act (RTI), revealed that PCMC was in serious violation of the Works of Defence Act, 1903, the Environment Protection Act, 1986, and the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, 1966. In 2011, the Bombay High Court (HC) had issued a legal notice against development of the SRA scheme in the red zone area of the Dehu Road Ammunition depot at sector 22, Nigdi.
Lifting water from the Pavana dam, too, has been stalled over the last four years after ten farmers died in Maval during an agitation against the project. Rs 358 crore was sanctioned, but work of only Rs 163 crore has been carried out, as per civic records.
Similarly, for the 24x7 water supply project, PCMC had received Rs 140 crore but was able to spend Rs 25 crore. The remaining funds, therefore, lapsed.
As far as the BRTS is concerned, PCMC had successfully completed 80 per cent of the work undertaken in phase one. But, two of the routes Dehu-Alandi and Kalewadi are stuck due to problems with land acquisition.
Some of the projects were delayed due to various reasons acquisition, environmental clearances, etc. But, several of them have been completed and have given Pimpri-Chinchwad acomplete makeover over the last decade.