Thursday, 22 February 2018 | PNS | PAURI-
The Srinagar Garhwal- based Alaknanda Hydro Power Company Ltd (AHPC) has provided ` 3 crore to the working agency for the construction of the alternate drinking water project. Besides, it assured to release the rest of the sum shortly. Things came soon after the District Magistrate Pauri had served a show cause notice to AHPC on the matter of the long-held up project. Notably, the DM had issued the show- cause notice to the company on February 6 regarding the alleged violation of the condition of the agreement. DM also warned that the State Government might stop the facilities being provided to the company in case they fail to satisfy the administration about the objections, thus, raised. Observers say that the DM’s action has yielded result as it has forced the company to comply with the condition of the agreement by releasing ` three crore immediately to the working agency to start the construction work. It must be written here that the district administration has really tightened the noose against the erring firm.
The Uttarakhand Payjal Resource Development and Construction Devprayag and Payjal Sansthan Pauri had signed an agreement with Alaknanda Hydro Power company in March 2012 for facilitating an alternative drinking water resource project. The cost of the project had been estimated at `1270.98 lakh while it was mentioned that the full amount had to be paid by the company by February 2013. Assured thus of the payment, the working agency had reportedly spent around ` 9 crore till now.
However, the company sitting on the payment despite assuring to clear things by October 2017 has landed the working agency in trouble, an officer privy to the matter said. Meanwhile, the extended tenure of the project is to complete in May 2018. The district administration is worried that, given the continuing trend, it would be very difficult to have the project completed.
Hence, the harsh action, said a senior district administration officer.