Only 32 percent budget spent in Kaski as fiscal-end looms

- LAL PRASAD SHARMA, Pokhara

Apr 21, 2015-

Construction of a view tower at Panchase, which is meant to be completed within this fiscal year as per the contract, is already staring at missed deadline. With hardly three months remaining for the fiscal year-end, the project contractor has so far only achieved the task of transporting construction materials to the site.

Narayan Prasad Shrestha, chief engineer at the Kaski District Technical Office (DTO), said the view tower will not complete on time as the contractor started the work only recently upon the office’s repeated warnings.

Gopal Gurung, chairperson of Panchase Tower Project, also admitted that the project was not going to be completed by the end of this fiscal year. “However,” he said, “it’s essential that the works continue one way or the other until completion.”

Panchase Tower Project is not the only undertaking in Kaski that will miss the completion deadline though. Delay in budget allocation and the authorities’ failure to take action against errant contractors are the main reasons for repeated missed deadlines in completion of development projects.

As of Tuesday only 32 percent of the development budget allocated for various projects in Kaski had been spent.

The data recorded by the District Comptroller’s Office shows that of the Rs 1.14 billion allocated for 100 government offices in Kaski for the fiscal year 2014/15, only Rs 369 million has been spent so far.

A major chunk of the budget, approximately Rs 250 million, has been allocated to Division Road Office (DRO) which is responsible for repair and construction of roads in Kaski and Syangja. The DRO has only spent around Rs 96.4 million of the budget so far.

Similarly, the District Development Committee has only spent a little over Rs 30 million of the Rs 131.2 million it received as development budget.

Meanwhile, Shrestha of DTO said that the development works are conducted year-round despite delay in budget allocation.

“As the total expenditure report is submitted at the end of the fiscal year, the development of a project in its full-form can be witnessed only at that time,” he said.

Chief Treasury Controller Keshab Raj Dhakal, however, blamed flawed policy for project delays that happen every year.

Published: 22-04-2015 09:15

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