Corpn. lags behind in project implementation

Long way to go: The Kozhikode Corporation has completed less than 15% of the Plan projects this fiscal.

Long way to go: The Kozhikode Corporation has completed less than 15% of the Plan projects this fiscal.   | Photo Credit: S_RAMESHKURUP

600 projects submitted to District Planning Committee for clearance

Civic officials, time and again, have been making a hue and cry about the acute shortage of staff that has been hampering the implementation of Plan funds of the Kozhikode Corporation. But a quick analysis of the staff strength at the Corporation office and its regional wings debunks their claim. Now, almost all departments, including the engineering and revenue sections, have adequate employees to handle municipal governance and execution of various projects.

The civic body has completed less than 15% of the projects this fiscal. Nevertheless, 28% of the process for financial expenditure has been completed, official sources told The Hindu on Tuesday.

The Corporation gets an annual plan fund to the tune of ₹125 crore, and the total, including maintenance grant, comes to ₹180 crore. “As of now, tenders except 80, have been awarded out of 320 civil works. The remaining, hopefully, will be awarded by this month,” said a source. He added that projects aimed at providing welfare measures to different categories of beneficiaries had commenced for the financial year.

The engineering section, with 75 overseers and four executive engineers, is equipped to utilise more than 50% of the project work when the third quarter of the financial year ends in December.

Incidentally, the civic body had absorbed staff after the State government dismantled the Calicut Development Authority a few years ago.

Data with the Local Self Government Department, which maintains an annual plan formulation status, shows that Kozhikode Corporation, as of October 15, has envisaged 715 projects. Of this, 600 has been submitted to the District Planning Committee for clearance.

Receiving grants

Sources said the civic body also faced the problem of receiving grants from the Finance Commission on time. About ₹8 crore was still pending from last year and the corporation has to obtain another ₹48 crore for this year. However, this is a State-wide problem, affecting the majority of local self-government bodies.

The tardy progress in executing civil projects is also seen in the implementation of schemes under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (Amrut) for Kozhikode city. Only 15.70% of the projects has been completed till now.

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