Projects worth more than Rs 33,700 crore in Haryana, both in-progress and being undertaken, are being fast-tracked: CM 12-04-2015
Chandigarh, April 12 – Projects worth more than Rs 33,700 crore in Haryana, both in-progress and being undertaken, are being fast-tracked to ensure their implementation within the stipulated time-frame laid down in the project report, and in a transparent manner. Spanning mainly infrastructure, power, roads, public health and irrigation departments, work on projects worth Rs 17,185.39 crore is apace, while projects worth Rs 16,584.66 crore have been lined up for execution. Each project is estimated to cost more than Rs. 50 crore. With a view to ensuring that there is no time or cost overrun involved in the execution of these people-centric projects, the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, will personally oversee on a regular basis monitoring by a high-powered cell of the day-to-day progress on these projects. A solid beginning has already been made in this direction with the work getting kick-started on the much delayed Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expresway and process having been set rolling for execution of the Yamunangar-Bawana Expressway. The intention is two-fold. One, the Chief Minister wants to give infrastructure which can help rev up the engines of growth and has a spin-off multiplier effect on other segments of the economy, a decisive push. Two, he is keen that the benefits of progress should percolate down to the man in the street and that people should begin to derive benefits from these projects. This thinking more than mirrors the visionary outlook and practical approach of the Chief Minister which is bound to have a positive impact on the execution of various projects in the state and bring results. More importantly, it is bound to send a message down the line that he means business. “Committed to the all-round development of Haryana and making life easy for the man in the street through visible growth, the state government has undertaken several projects worth crores of rupees and has lined up many more. We want to ensure their transparent and time-bound implementation so that people begin to reap their benefits”, the Chief Minister said. Needless to emphasise, the thinking has been inspired by the directive of the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, who, at a video-conference with the chief secretaries of states the other day, emphasised the need to get large projects going. The fast-forward push of the Chief Minister militates against the laid back approach of the previous government which kept several key projects on the drawing board and procrastinated on others, dogging the path to economic advancement, job creation and prosperity. Small wonder, claims to the contrary notwithstanding, investment, both domestic and foreign, was reduced to a trickle, and industrialization screeched to a grinding halt. Many a stalled project, especially the KMP Expressway and the Khakhroda and Sohna Industrial Estates, bear a mute testimony to the imperviousness of the outgoing government, the inertia that had come to afflict its functioning, and its lack of concern for what was in the interest of the people and the state. One need not be an economic expert to know that had these and many other grounded projects taken off, the people would have gained, and the economy of the state would have grown. A close look at the department-wise list of projects tells its own tale. Work on projects worth Rs 260.10 crore is in progress in the Irrigation and Water Resources Department. In Excise and Taxation, the Mission Mode Project for Commercial Taxes worth Rs 115 crore is in implementation stage. In Power Department, while projects worth rs 495.33 crore have been undertaken by HVPNL, those in progress under UHBVNL aggregate Rs 1,006.26 crore. Projects worth Rs 8,780.72 crore are slated to betaken up for execution by the HPGCL. These include Supercritical unit-9 at PTPS Panipat Supercritical unit at DCRTPP Yamuna Nagar; and Setting up of Grid Interactive Solar Power Projects. In Industries Department, projects worth Rs 1,533.08 crore are in progress under the HSIIDC. These include seven projects for providing infrastructure facilities on turnkey basis at IMT Faridabad, Barwala (Panchkula), Bahadurgarh, IMT Rohtak, Barhi, IMT Sohna (Mewat); and two projects for planning, designing, engineering and construction of CETP of 22.5 and 15 MLD at IMT Manesar and IMT Bawal. In Town & Country Planning Department, HUDA has undertaken projects worth Rs 1,525.40 crore for special repair/ upgradation of raods; Ranney Wells; MLDs, MGDs, etc. PWD (B&R) has projects in hand worth Rs 2,584 crore and plans to take up projects worth Rs 483.68 crore. Under Medical Education, while Kalpana Chawla Health University is to be set up at the cost of Rs 3,700 crore, work on Rs 660-crore Kalpana Chawla Govt Medical College in Karnal is in progress . The Agriculture Department has projects worth Rs 493.57 crore, including the horticultural university being set up at the cost of Rs 50.30 crore. The Housing Board has undertaken various projects worth Rs 119.22 crore and plans to take in hand more construction projects worth Rs 2,029.38 crore. The Public Health Engineering Department has projerct worth Rs 3548.27 crore in hand. While the Urban Local Bodies Department has taken up projects worth Rs 2158.83 crore, it plans to execute more such projects worth Rs 440 crore. Those in hand include Augmentation ofwater supply at Faridabad and development augmentation of infra services and drainage at Dundahera. Similarly, the Higher Education Department has projects worth Rs 137 crore in hand. In aggregate, while work is in progress on projects worth Rs 17,185.39 crore, the cost of those to be taken in hand aggregates Rs 16,584.66 crore.