Even because the UT administration is slicing down on growth works due to monetary constraints, it’s splurging on renovation and reconstruction of presidency homes.
Final week, it had floated a young value Rs 26 lakh for the renovation of a home in Sector 16. The home, which was just lately allotted to a senior Indian Administrative Officer (IAS) of Punjab cadre, was beforehand occupied by a Haryana cadre officer.
An engineering division official, requesting anonymity, mentioned, “Along with repairs, the division is establishing a multipurpose room and extra bogs for the home (quantity 514). Some elements are being demolished and new designs are additionally being introduced in. Whereas round Rs 12 lakh might be spent on the repairs, one other Rs 14 lakh might be used for the brand new additions to the constructing.”
The division can be spending Rs 7 lakh on a authorities home in Sector 28 and Rs 5.5 lakh on one other one in Sector 33. The one in Sector 28 is a Kind-V home, which was just lately allotted to an govt engineer working within the UT electrical energy division.
“This isn’t an exhaustive record of the UT engineering division’s spending on renovation and repairs of presidency homes. Previously few months, it has floated a number of such tenders despite the fact that austerity is the necessity of the time,” mentioned the engineering division official.
Within the first two months of the lockdown, necessitated by the Covid-19 outbreak in March, the UT administration had misplaced a whopping ₹342 crore in tax collections. In view of this, the administration had issued austerity directions, permitting solely completion of pending tasks. It had acknowledged that new tasks may be taken up provided that authorised by the administration as precedence. The engineering division has additionally been requested to clear pending dues earlier than making funds for brand spanking new works, topic to availability of funds through the quarter.
Justifying the spending on renovation, UT chief engineer Mukesh Anand mentioned, “In some homes, as an illustration, the one in Sector 16, main renovations are happening after almost a decade. The home additionally required a significant improve in design and services in tune with the time. All these adjustments are being undertaken after approval of the UT city planning division.”
IAS officer Alok Shekhar, who has been allotted the home in Sector 16, mentioned, “The home must be ready for me to dwell in it. It isn’t livable. I don’t know what they (UT) are doing. I don’t know in regards to the particulars.”