Ludhiana: Four years have passed but still completion of work of auditorium block in Punjab Agricultural University is pending. Despite fine imposed on the agency by the university, the former has still not showed any interest in completing the pending work of the auditorium.
Work construction of Block in Punjab Agriculture University was administratively amounting to Rs. 9, 65, 00,000. The detailed estimate sanction was of Rs. 8, 64, 00,000 and the work was allotted to Aay Jay Builders with the time limit of 18 months.
During the course of security of records of Executive Engineer, it was noticed that the work was not completed by the agency within the stipulated time limit that is 4/12/2011. It was intimated by the agency that the progress of the work was very slow and the time limit of the work was extended but the work was yet not completed so far.
The expenditure amounting to Rs. 8, 11, 89,000 was incurred up to the bills of agency. The department has imposed 1% penalty for non-completion of work within stipulated time limit instead of 10% of estimated cost of work as per terms and conditions of the agreement. Due to delay in completion of work, the targets of the scheme could not be achieved and also denied the intended benefits to the beneficiaries.
One of the officers on requesting anonymity in University claimed that the project is getting delayed from past several years but still there is no pace shown in the completion of the work. Higher authorities should take strict action as the work is still pending. The security guards of the University are also of the similar views regarding the slow speed of completion of the work.
While contacting Vishavjit Singh, Estate Officer Punjab Agricultural University, two months ago, he claimed, “The work got delayed but I am not aware about the details for the reason of delaying of work but I will direct the concerned to complete the project soon”.
Right now, despite of many phone calls, he was not available for comments.
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