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PHED responds to VK area leaders
Published on 4 Dec. 2010 12:46 AM IST
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Maintaining that silence over the issue of water supply project to VK area was being misconstrued as admittance of guilt, Nagaland PHED chief engineer (CE) Mhondamo Ovung today issued clarification to various points raised by the VK area. On Nov 15 the VK area GBs’ association wrote to secretary of PHED on non-fulfillment of water project under NRDWP (CSS) for VK area, under Zunheboto. However, irked by the lack of response from the department, the area leaders Dec 2 called for an indefinite bandh on NH-61 if their demand was not fulfilled by Dec 7.
To this, the CE pointed out that the integrated water supply project to VK range has an approved sanction for Rs.11,69,25,000 and that expenditure for the scheme up to end of 2009-10 was Rs.416.67 lakh. Highlighting that budget provision for the financial year 2010-11 was Rs.150.94 lakh, Ovung said against this budget provision his predecessor, just before handing over charge, procured materials, worth Rs.680.93 lakh. “Out of this procurement the materials already issued and lifted to the project, during 2010-11, is worth Rs.129.08 lakh,” said Ovung and added that cash component released, for the scheme, during 2010-11 was Rs.20 lakh. “Hence total up to date expenditure during 2010-11 is Rs.149.08 lakh, against the budget provision of Rs.150.94 lakh,” he clarified. Ovung asserted that this was short of the budget provision by just Rs.1.86 lakh only; which was insufficient even for minor works at site, during the current year.
Admitting that some VK range leaders had approached him on Nov 18 last in Kohima, the CE said they wanted to lift all the materials immediately.
However, since the budget provision and financial position being as such, the CE said he had explained to them the budget position for 2010-11 and also that since the budget provision was almost exhausted, the department would examine the feasibility before any more material was issued to the scheme during the year.
According to CE, he had also explained that since the budget provision during 2010-11 was exhausted, the scheme would be spilled over to the next financial year and that only after keeping appropriate budget provisions additional materials would be issued and remaining works would be taken up.
Stating that the question of spilling over the scheme to the subsequent year perhaps did not please some of them, the CE said he told them that the matter was not properly appraised by his predecessor. He then assured that department would stick to the budget provision only and till another time no further discussion may be necessary.
“Now therefore it is to clarify that it is the current year budget provision that has to be followed and hence the booking of additional materials against the scheme, during the year, is limited to the budget provisions,” said Ovung.
Further, he clarified that since all the appropriate quantities of materials have been allocated and field officers have asked to lift the materials the allegation of abandoning the scheme did not arise.
Meanwhile, the CE apologized and appealed to all responsible to “kindly forgive and to forget the lapses” if anyone’s sentiment has been hurt or misunderstood in the process of deliberations on the matter.

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