ZP to probe irregularities in rural water supply schemes

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NASHIK: Zilla Parishad chief executive officer Dr Naresh Gite has warned of stern legal action against those found guilty of any misconduct and indulge in alleged misappropriation in the implementation of various rural water supply schemes being undertaken by the rural water supply department of the ZP throughout the district.

“Criminal cases would be filed against those indulging in misappropriation and encouraging irregularities in the implementation of the various rural water supply schemes being undertaken by the ZP across the district,” warned ZP CEO Dr Gite in a review meet held at Raosaheb Thorat hall of the ZP on Saturday here in key presence of block development officers, by engineers, circle engineers, Grampanchayat heads, Gramsevaks, secretaries of the rural water supply and sanitation committees and technical advisors to the scheme.

The rural water supply department of the ZP is implementing various water supply schemes throughout the district. Sadly, a number of schemes either not effectively implemented or delayed due to various reasons. In a nutshell, the schemes still remain on paper and incomplete.

There has been a number of reasons for the delay in the implementation of the various water supply schemes in the district. Increasing differences within members of the rural water supply and sanitation committees specially formed for the purpose, pre-condition of a open defecation free (ODF) village, incomplete construction on the part of contractors, red-tapism etc. are some of the key reasons that were slowing down the progress of the works even though the ZP has allocated crores of rupees.

“Responsibility will be fixed to complete the delayed works,” said the CEO adding that all the schemes that are under-progress would be reassessed and ‘recovery’ of the fund allocated would be undertaken.

On the occasion, Dr Gite also reviewed pending works under the Gharkul scheme. He directed BDOs to take appropriate action against inefficient Gramsevaks and sought to set a deadline for the completion of the works under the scheme. Project director (rural development machinery) Pramod Pawar, by CEO Pradeep Choudhary, chief audit and accounts officer Bodhikiran Sonkamble and executive engineer Purushottam Thakur were also present.

Assessment of the incomplete works to be done
It’s a responsibility of the ZP administration to ensure adequate water supply to each of the villages across the district. The government is spending crores of rupees on the effective and timely implementation of the schemes. However, it has been noticed that a number of water supply schemes are still getting delayed for reasons unseen. We would ensure that, henceforth, no scheme would be delayed and responsibility would be fixed for timely completion of the works. The ZP has sought an assessment report on the incomplete projects to decide next course of action.
                                                                                                           – Dr Naresh Gite, CEO, ZP, Nashik

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