Land may be a matter of concern, but money matters are not any longer.
The delayed Rs 288-crore water supply scheme for the state capital has received a major boost, with the Union ministry of urban development releasing a third instalment of Rs 57.87 crore.
The funds, which was released to the state on April 9 under additional central assistance head, was received on Thursday and disbursed to Greater Ranchi Development Agency (GRDA), the state-level monitor for JNNURM projects in the mission cities of Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Dhanbad.
“We have channelled the money to GRDA, from where it will be acquired by the Ranchi Municipal Corporation. The latter will hand it over to the drinking water and sanitation department, which will, finally, route it to the contractor (Hyderabad-based IVRCL Limited),” urban development secretary Nitin Madan Kulkarni said.
Notably, the Centre had given Rs 132.47 crore in two instalments since the project took off in 2010.
Kulkarni added that along with the additional central assistance, they had also provided the state’s share of around Rs 7 crore to expedite the project, which failed to meet its original completion deadline of September 2012.
The new deadline of November 2013 is in question in the wake of land hiccups along the Ring Road.
The ambitious project envisages 304km of pipelines, a treatment plant, an intake well, six towers and three sumps. While the larger share of Rs 234 crore is being borne by the Centre, the state and the urban local body are pooling in a little over Rs 50 crore.