PIMPRI: An affordable housing project undertaken in Walhekarwadi by the Pimpri Chinchwad New Township Development Authority (PCNTDA) is running behind schedule due to slow pace of work.
The PCNTDA has imposed a fine on the contractor entrusted with the responsibility of executing the project. It is part of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), the flagship housing scheme of the Modi government.
The PCNTDA’s ambitious project is underway in sector numbers 30 and 32 in Walhekarwadi. The project was on hold for several years, as it did not get environment clearance. In 2015, it was finalised after receiving the clearance from the environment department. In January 2016, the work has been allotted to Aurangabad-based Ellora Constrution company. As per the terms and conditions of the contract, the project was supposed to be completed within four years from the date of the work order.
The entire project comprises 55 wings and 132 buildings. However, only the plinth work and columns of two wings have been completed in the past one-and-a-half years.
It is the first PMAY project undertaken in Pimpri Chinchwad. The PCNTDA has received a subsidy amounting to Rs 19.80 crore form the State and central governments. The State government provides Rs 1 lakh while the central government gives Rs 1.5 lakh as subsidy per flat under the PMAY. After an inspection, the PCNTDA observed that the work is going on at a very slow pace. So, the authority imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 per day on the company.
This amount will be recovered from the bills of the company. Currently, the work has completely stopped. A visit to the site office revealed that labourers had gone to Aurangabad for Eid. Once they return, work is likely to resume.
PCNTDA CEO Satishkumar Khadke said, “It is the responsibility of the contractor to complete the work as per schedule. Since they failed to complete the work as expected, Rs 5,000 per day fine has been imposed on them. If the situation does not improve, the contractor will be blacklisted and told to withdraw from the project.”