Shimla: Ambitious plans of constructing several road tunnels in the city have remained tall claims for the one small tunnel under construction is delayed by more than 3 years even though it is funded by the central government under mission city program.
Unable to bear the slow pace of work on the Auckland House tunnel, Tirlok Chauhan, a lawyer has petitioned the High Court alleging that the state government and its agencies lack coordination while implementing projects identified under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
A division bench constituting of Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Sanjay Karol, on Tuesday, served a four week notice on the state and central government on the issue of non-implementation of plans under JNNURM in Shimla town.
The bench has asked chief secretary Himachal, commissioner Shimla Municipal Corporation and others to respond by May 30.
In the petition, Chauhan points out that central government had sanctioned Rs 3900 crore for Shimla town in 2006. While the projects were to be executed by state agencies, the government had miserably failed to utilize the amount sanctioned by the central government and it was likely that the amount may have lapsed.
Detailed project reports prepared by different departments were gather dusts, says the petitioner and virtually no project as planned has translated into action.
Citing the example of Auckland House tunnel that is barely 150 meters long and would reduce the city road distance by less than a kilometer; the petition states that the project has been delayed by more than 3 years and is yet to be completed.
Non completion of the project has caused great inconvenience to general public as virtually no path is available for pedestrians in that area, says Chauhan.