Blessing in Disguise? Center grants crores of rupees for several projects in Uttarakhand after Prez rule
Within days of the dismissal of the Harish Rawat-led Congress government in Uttarakhand, the Central government has not only sanctioned Rs 100 crore for Ardh Kumbh in Haridwar but also a budget for the construction two flyovers, one over-bridge in Dehradun and several degree colleges in the state.
In all, a budgetary sanction of Rs 447.99 crore has been made under the special assistance plan (2015-2016).
Former Chief Minister Harish Rawat had gone hoarse urging the Centre to release funds before the start of Ardh Kumbh, but to no avail. The previous Uttarakhand government had prepared a financial proposal of Rs 1,037 crore for Ardh Kumbh while the NITI Ayog had recommended Rs 166.67 crore for it. Out of which, sanction has been received for Rs100 crore.
The funds will take care of the projects such as extension of the hill bypass from Kharkari to Bhoopatwala Chowk (Rs 31.41 crore), repair and widening of the Bahadrabad, Dhanauri, Bedpurimlikheda, Hakeempurtura, Bhagwanpur, Gagalhedi road (Rs 35.75 crore), construction of a preset cement concrete motor bridge on the Vitthaldas Ashram road (Rs 5.31 crore), construction of a double lane flyover near Laltara on the Dhobi Ghat on the Ganga Canal in Haridwar (Rs 16.02 crore) and construction of 90 metre bridge with a steel frame near Jawalapur Lalpul (Rs 11.50 crore).
Further, funds have also been sanctioned for the ongoing construction of the three flyovers in Dehradun, including Rs 11.10 crore for the Ballupur flyover, Rs 17.57 crore for the four-lane flyover at the ISBT junction and Rs 16.37 crore for the construction of a railway under-bridge at Bhandari Bagh.
“For the three flyovers, we were sanctioned Rs 137 crore in 2014-2015 but Rs 118 crore was released,” said DS Garbyal, PWD Secretary. As for the Bhandari Bagh railway under-bridge, construction would begin after approval from the Railways, he added.