Omar Abdullah Govt Left 267 Development Projects Incomplete: CAG

23 August 2015
Kashmir Reader
Junaid Nabi Bazaz

Srinagar: The top auditor has said that in the Omar Abdullah-led government as many as 267 development projects were marred by an inordinate delay. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report, which was also presented in the Assembly in March this year, said that out of 267 projects as many as 194 incomplete projects with a sanctioned cost of Rs 651.92 crore and revised cost of Rs 661.27 crore belonged to Public Works Department (PWD), which spent Rs 487.36 crore on these projects. The other 71 projects of Public Health Engineering (PHE) department with a sanctioned cost of Rs 782.33 crore and the revised cost of Rs 809.20 crore were delayed even after spending Rs 324.87 crore on them. 'As on March 31, 2014 there were 267 projects and works costing Rs 1 crore and above which have overshot their scheduled completion dates,' said the report on state finance for the year ending March 31, 2014. These incomplete projects, the report reveals, had a total sanctioned cost of Rs 1458.25 crore revised to Rs 1497.07 crore and an amount of Rs 832.44 crore has already been spent on these incomplete projects by March 31, 2014. The CAG report said that these projects took off during Omar Abdullah's government and should have been completed during his tenure only. The half-done projects, the report said, have deprived the state of intended benefits.