Shillong, Oct. 29: The DoNER ministry has rejected the proposal of chief minister Mukul Sangma for a sports stadium at Ampati, his constituency, at a cost of Rs 54 crore and also several other power projects worth several crores of rupees.
The schemes were to be funded from the non-lapsable central pool of resources for 2010-11.
Sources today said the DoNER ministry rejected the proposals after it found several loopholes in the amounts projected.
Of the Rs 551.51 crore priority projects for 2010-11 from the non-lapsable pool, the chief minister had proposed Rs 54 crore for Ampati sports stadium and Rs 3 crore was allotted for the eco-tourism project in Tura.
NCP general secretary and Tura legislator P.A. Sangma had petitioned both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and DoNER minister B.K. Handique in August that the proposal should be returned to the state government as due share had been denied to the three districts of Garo hills.
Several legislators had also pointed out that there was lack of transparency in allocating funds for the power projects in the state.
Prominent among other projects under the non-lapsable pool are Rs 250-crore Killing powerline, Rs 75-crore Palatana-Bongaigaon powerline and Rs 20-crore Jowai powerline.
In the recent meeting held in Delhi between the officials of both DoNER ministry and the state government, DoNER had conveyed to the state government that it would not be able to clear the projects worth more than Rs 500 crore at one go.
According to the DoNER officials, the projects should have been prepared looking into the viability of the schemes and the position of the funds.