Lucknow, March 29: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath talked about the graft in the government projects and sternly said that the plunder of public money cannot be allowed and present state government was committed to bring an end, at all costs. With this, Yogi said attention should also be paid to the utility of any project so that it benefits the people of the state.
The Chief Minister reviewed the Gomti Riverfront Development Project and expressed his dissatisfaction at the slow pace of work as in the past two years since the project started less than 60% work has been completed while the deadline for completion of the project was May 2017. Of the Rs. 1500 crore earmarked for the project, Rs. 1433 crore has already been given to the executing agency against which Rs. 1427 crore have already been spent.
Terming the Gomti river as tributary of the holy Ganges, the he pointed out that the river should have been initially linked to the 'Namami Gange' project and the fall of dirty water into it should have been stopped so as to ensure that the water in the river remain clean and flowing. But this was not done, CM noted.
The Chief Minister also pointed out that work on the project was fully given in the hands of contractors and the executing agency without any monitoring and that they first spent all the funds on non-essential heads whereas the work on the crucial inter septic tank on both sides which was aimed at tapping dirty drains was left midway and incomplete.
He directed concerned officials to ensure that work on the underconstruction septic drain is finished by May 2017. With this, he added, the diaphragm wall being constructed on both sides be extended up to Kala Kothi. Yogi Adityanath also directed the chief secretary to ask the concerned principal secretary to review the progress of the project every week and to present his opinion on the actual expenditure.
Yogi also directed officials that after a stipulated time frame no drains should be allowed to fall into the Gomti river and that based on requirement, under the 'Namami Gange' project, capacity of existing STP's should be enhanced and estimates for setting up of new STP's should be presented at the earliest.