Friday, May 27, 2022

No funds, work stalls at Halwara international airport

After being expedited recently, the work on the upcoming international airport at Halwara in Ludhiana has stopped. Reason: The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA), which was mandated by the state government to bear the expenditure, has failed to release the funds.

For the want of funds, both the contractors, who were separately allotted the work to construct interim terminal building and undertake the allied works of the big ticket project, have left the site with their men and machines.

A visit to the Air Force Station in Halwara revealed that except some watchmen, there was no workforce or machinery at the site and the work was lying standstill.

The Public Works Department (PWD), which was the main executing agency, has repeatedly raised demand for funds before the GLADA but to no avail.

In a latest communication to the GLADA Chief Administrator (CA) on Thursday, a copy of which is with The Tribune, the PWD (B&R) Executive Engineer Adesh Gupta wrote that both the contractors have raised bills before the department for payment of the work they have already done on the project but due to non-release of funds, the payments could not be made.

He has also noted that the shifting of utility services, including electricity poles and transformers, from the project site was also stalled due to lack of funds.

27/05/22 Nitin Jain/Tribune

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