SHILLONG, Sep 11: An additional Rs. 100 crore is required for the completion of the Greater Shillong Water Supply Scheme (GSWSS) phase – III, an amount for which the state government has sought the support of the Central government.
Informing this here on Tuesday, the state’s PHE minister, Samlin Malngiang said, We will require an additional fund of another Rs 100 crore to ensure the completion of the GSWSS phase-III and a proposal for this has been submitted to the Centre on May earlier this year.”
Malngiang also said that the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government is waiting for the response of the Centre in this regard while adding that the support was sought due to cost overrun in view of the fact that the project was sanctioned 10 years ago (2008).
“Therefore we have decided to propose the revise estimate for the project and the officials of the department has been asked to conduct a follow up with the ministry concerned,” he said.
It may be mentioned here that the project was funded at a cost of Rs 193.50 crore with the central share fixed at Rs 174.15 crore and the state share at Rs 19.35 crore. The state was also penalized earlier in which around Rs 18 crore was deducted out of Rs 174.15 crore.
Earlier, the project was first targeted to be completed on May 2011. However despite setting different timelines for its completion, the department has yet again failed to meet its recent deadline fixed on March, last year.
Malngiang also said that the state may have to find ways to include the project in the state’s schemes in case the Centre turns down the request.
He also said that the department is working hard to ensure that the project is completed at the earliest in order to ensure that the present problem of water scarcity faced by the people of Greater Shillong is resolved.