Pandemic an excuse for incomplete projects including metros

the government agencies have cited a shortage of labourers during the pandemic as a reason for not meeting the deadlines.

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Bangalore (Metro Rail News) As many as 65 infrastructure projects including Bangaluru metro, whose construction required the concurrence of traffic police, have missed the specified time to complete the works, according to a recent report submitted by the traffic department to the state government. While the delay is causing inconveniences to motorists, the government agencies have cited a shortage of labourers during the pandemic as a reason for not meeting the deadlines.

According to officials, the traffic police had issued concurrence to as many as 169 works related to BBMP, Smart City, BWSSB, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL), Railways, GAIL Gas and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). Of these, 65 works are still in progress even after the stipulated time, senior police said. They also complained that at least 10 works are being undertaken by departments such as BBMP, BWSSB, Smart City and BESCOM without taking concurrence from the Traffic Police Department. Officials also pointed out that some of the Smart City works have been taken up without safety precautions.

While the BWSSB has taken up works mostly in the peripheral areas of the city for laying water pipelines and sewage systems, the BBBMP has dug up several parts of the core area for executing white topping projects and repairing road-side drains.

The Bangaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited is also making an excuse stating that the pandemic has affected the progress of it’s works.

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