VMC Vadodara: Excess Amount Spent On Housing Schemes Paid By Beneficiaries
The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) is set to pass on the burden of the excess amount it spent on housing schemes for the urban poor on the beneficiaries of such schemes. The VMC had overspent on housing schemes under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) and the Rajiv Avas Yojana (RAY) in different parts of the city. The work on some of the housing blocks of these schemes remained incomplete as the VMC ran out of the funds earmarked for the schemes.
The civic body had taken up work on the housing scheme at Kalali and Sayajipura areas under JnNURM. The work planned under phase three of the scheme included 6,096 houses out of which 2,000 were completed and work on the civil structure of the remaining 4,096 houses was done. But the remaining work on the 4,096 houses stopped in December 2016 as the civic body stopped payments to the contractor due to excess work is done on the project.
It had come to light that the excess work was taken up based on only an ‘in principle’ approval from the VMC commissioner without getting a nod from the civic body. An inquiry was also conducted in the matter. The extra work, however, included that of ceramic tiles for which a nod had been taken. In all, an extra amount of Rs 44.01 crore will be spent to complete the work.
The civic body is looking to increase the beneficiary contribution for the project by Rs 90,479. Earlier, the beneficiaries were to contribute Rs 1,26,255. A similar situation has emerged in connection with the RAY housing scheme that was proposed in Sahakarnagar and Ektanagar. With opposition to the scheme in Sahakarnagar, a new plot was identified in Sayajipura for the project. This change along with that of the soil quality led to extra expenses.
The work on 1,160 houses under the RAY has come to a standstill due to the extra expenses. With RAY being scrapped, there is no scope for excess funds in the project from the central or state government. The civic body will have to spend Rs 56.51 crore more to complete work. The VMC is now looking to raise Rs 2,63, 215 from beneficiaries for the work.
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