Pushkaram works move at snail’s pace
Works for the much-awaited Godavari Pushkarams in East and West Godavari districts are going on at a snail’s pace, thanks to the lack of inter-departmental coordination and delay in issuing tenders.
Hyderabad: Works for the much-awaited Godavari Pushkarams in East and West Godavari districts are going on at a snail’s pace, thanks to the lack of inter-departmental coordination and delay in issuing tenders.
According to officials, the State government had given its nod to take up works worth of about Rs 579 crore in the two Godavari districts, in view of the ensuing Godavari Pushkarams scheduled to be held in July this year.
As part of the Pushkaram works, construction of new ghats and giving facelifts to the existing ghats were proposed which were supposed to be completed by the end of June. However, till date, several of these works are still at tender stage. Even those works, for which tenders were finalised, have to wait for tie-ups to procure sand and gravel required in huge quantities to complete the works.
Speaking to The Hans India, former Rajahmundry Municipal Corporation mayor M S Chakravarthi said, “During earlier Godavari Pushkarams, works were in full swing by this time.
But, now, it seems that the officials have been facing some issues in prioritising the works and secondly there is a lack of inter-departmental coordination.” So far, Roads and Buildings department is the only one that completed laying a road from Lalachervu, located on the outskirts of the city. And, about nine to ten more departments which are part of executing the Pushkaram works are yet to make a move.
However, denying these complaints, the Rajahmundry Municipal Commissioner J Murali said while the tendering processes had been done with, now the Irrigation department would be taking up works from Monday. Apart from this, the Roads and Buildings department had already taken steps to complete the other approach roads as per the schedule. For this, tie-up for sand and gravel had been completed and there was no problem on this front, he added.
According to him, some tenders have been cancelled and the same would be awarded on February 26 and all Pushkaram works have been identified on priority basis. Murali said, “There is no delay in executing the process of the works. As February to June is the working season, we hope there would not be any hindrance in the execution of works. Thus, we are expecting to complete the works in a month’s time and all works would be completed well before the deadline,” he said.
By: VRC Phaniharan