Despite the availability of budget, many development works in Himachal Pradesh are yet to come to fruition. Many projects have to be dropped due to non-receipt of Forest Conservation Act (FCA) and Forest Rights Act (FRA) clearances on time.
During the last few years, 37 such projects of road and bridge projects have had to be dropped in the state. These include projects of 29 roads and 8 bridges. For these, the budget was approved by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).
Due to non-availability of timely clearances in FCA and FRA, the people of the area concerned have been deprived of road facilities due to the drop of these projects. Roads in Himachal Pradesh are called the fate line of the people.
In such a state, despite the availability of budget, the road and bridges being dropped raises question marks on the system. Similarly, some projects are being said to be drops due to mutual disputes between the local people over land.
Know when the project got dropped
According to the PWD department, 17 projects of roads and four projects of bridges have been dropped from 1996-97 to 2010-11. One road and two bridges in the year 2011-12, one road and one bridge in 2012-13, three roads in 2013-14, two roads in 2015-16, one road in 2017-18, three roads and one bridge in 2018-19 The project of two roads and one bridge was dropped in the bridge, 2019-20.
Why DPR sent for approval when formalities are not completed
Therefore, questions are also arising as to why the necessary formalities were not completed before preparing the detailed project report of the road and bridge and sending it to NABARD. In their place other projects could be sent for the approval of NABARD.
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