Print Edition - 2014-08-26 | Development
Authorities concerned by fund delay
- KMC, KVTDIC officials say they may not be able to complete the projects aimed for Saarc summit
Aug 25, 2014-
As the Capital is preparing to host the Saarc summit in November, various concerned agencies have been floating their plans for the city beautification. All the recently released projects of the Kathmandu Valley Development Authority (KVDA), Department of Roads (DoR) and Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) have received extra consideration from the government as a preparation of the Saarc summit.
Kishore Thapa, former secretary at the Ministry of Urban Development, who was also actively involved with the Saarc preparations, says it was the right time for various authorities to display their homework. “As a host nation, the government has allocated certain budget for the summit preparations, a large part of it being beautification. So everyone wants to contribute in the process with all their might, ” he said.
According to Thapa, the primary preparations for the Saarc include construction of venue, meeting halls, retreat programme and accommodation, and security for the dignitaries.
“All other beautification and infrastructure development are secondary, but equally important,” he said.
Meanwhile, some major projects like solar light installation, road improvement, cleaning, parks and greenbelt constructions, and maintenance of utility wires await implementation by multiple agencies. The government has allocated Rs 1 billion for the purpose.
With less than three months for the summit, no funds have been dispensed by the government yet. The government has instead urged the authorities to process tender before receiving the money. A few months earlier, the government had called on the concerned authorities to submit their plans and budget estimates.
The implementing agencies say the delay in fund release will affect their time table and procedure. Frustrated by the delay in budget release, they are planning to complete only the tasks within the range of their budget and resources.
“It’s been a long wait, and we doubt that we are going to receive the budget that we have presented for the beautification project. If not, we will only initiate the cleanliness campaign, as rest of the plans do not have the budget,” said Mahesh Kumar Kafle, chief of Revenue Department at the KMC. The metropolis had proposed for a budget of Rs 600 million for the Saarc beautification project.
Not only the KMC, officials at the Kathmandu Valley Town Development Implementation Committee (KVTDIC) also say that they will be unable to complete any of the announced plans concerning the Saarc. “We have requested the government for the budget twice already. We haven’t received any reply,” said Bhaikaji Tiwari,chief at the KVTDIC.
Published: 26-08-2014 09:13