Agartala: The Public Works Department (PWD) is reeling under huge financial crisis due to the alleged visionless preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) regarding construction of roads during the then Left Front’s government regime in Tripura, hence the government will take loan of amount Rs 200 crore.
“The previous government had constructed 12,000 kilometer-long main roads throughout the state and added more 10,000 kilometres approximately, which termed as byways, in every nook and corner of the state, but left no provision and fund for maintenance,” said principal secretary of PWD department Manoj Kumar while addressing media persons at Civil Secretariat here.
The then Left Front government did not kept any provision of maintenance of roads which had created immense problem for the present BJP-IPFT government in Tripura as the treasury is almost empty for conducting these works.
The state government at least requires Rs 500 crore for maintenance of 22,000 kilometer-long roads approximately in Tripura, but the government is having Rs 95 crore for maintenance, said Kumar and added that numerous roads were also constructed under Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sarak Yojana (PMGSY) which would be handed over to state government after five years.
Hence, in order to cope up with this crisis of fund, the state government has introduced an option named as “Road Development Cess” of 2% where the contractor involved in road works will add 2% extra with the billing which will go into the quota of maintenance, he added.
Apart from this, the previous government had constructed buildings which were all in left half done position and a sum of Rs 1500 crore is required for maintenance.
However, the state government is having Rs 750 crore under various schemes which would be used for maintenance of these buildings, but additional Rs 800 crore is required. The government is taking a soft loan of Rs 200 crore from the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) to overcome the problem.