267 development projects miss completion dates in J&K: CAG

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Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) has slammed the Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday for prolonged delay in completion of developmental projects in the state.

According to CAG report on state finance for the year ending 31 March 2014, 267 developmental projects in the state have overshot the date of completion.

“As on March 31, 2014 there were 267 projects and works costing Rs one crore and above which have overshot their scheduled completion dates,” the report said.

“These incomplete projects had a total sanctioned cost of Rs 1458.25 crore revised to Rs 1497.07 crore,” the report said, adding that an amount of Rs 832.44 crore has already been spent on these incomplete projects by March 31, 2014.

The CAG report further said that blocking of funds in incomplete projects impinged “negatively” on the expenditure, depriving the state of intended benefits from these projects for prolonged periods.

The report reveals that 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 incomplete projects.

Similarly, 71 projects of Public Health Engineering (PHE) department with a sanctioned cost of Rs. 782.33 crore and revised cost of Rs. 809.20 crore were delayed even after spending Rs. 324.87 crore on them, it said.

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