Several projects in union minister Virbhadra Singh’s home town stalled for lack of funds
Rampur: From being the high profile home town of union minister Virbhadra Singh, in last three years Rampur has seen a climb down as several projects started by the previous government are stalled for lack of funds, which some say are being withheld due to political considerations.
Pointing out a new bus stand building constructed 3 years ago after spending Rs 8 crore that is still waiting to be made operational, Nandlal â€“the congress legislator from Rampur says, â€œin 3 years the government has simply not paid attention to this area. Even though the old bus stand in the middle of the town is at a very congested place, the government has not bothered to start the new one in all these years.â€
Rampur, in Satluj valley, was the capital of erstwhile princely state of Bushear of which former chief minister Virbhadra Singh is the scion. During Singh several stints as chief minister, much preferential attention was paid to the town but with political power passing onto BJP in 2008, the projects started by the previous congress government await a new mentor.
A college student Sumedha mentions about a large auditorium constructed in the campus that lacks furniture and has been so for past 3 years. Right bank residents of Rampur have been waiting for a drinking water scheme to become functional that will augment supplies. The scheme draws water from River Satluj but to become operational it needs an electrical connection so that pumps could be operated.
â€œNot just these projects, several others which include schools and important road projects have been denied funds, says Nandlal. In 3 years only 250 meters of an important road to landlocked area of Kasha Pat has been constructed. I have raised these issues several times in the Vidhan Sabha as well as in writing but it has fallen upon deaf ears, he says.
â€œThe government is functioning in an impartial manner,â€ retorts Mohinder Singh, the transport minister when contacted over phone.
On drawing attention to a large bus stand constructed in Rampur that was not in operation, he said, â€œit was financed by a central public sector undertaking.â€
Regarding the delays incurred, he said â€œthe public facility could not be made functional because the funding agency only paid the balance Rs 2 crore for the project after I personally took up the matter with them.â€
â€œNow water and electricity connections have been provided to the building and it was being given finishing touches,â€ he said adding, â€œit would to be dedicated to the people soon.â€
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