Dehradun: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has expressed concern over slow pace of work related to 2016 Ardhakumbh mela and directed officials to expedite it without compromising on the quality.
Rawat said that officials will have to ensure that works of permanent nature pertaining to the mela are completed by December this year.
Work on projects, which are only 25 per cent complete, should also be expedited, he said, while reviewing preparations for the mela in Haridwar yesterday.
Noting that less than 25 per cent of work has been done on Mayapur escape channel and construction of a steel guarder bridge between Ganga river Dakshadweep-Bairagi camp-Gaurishankar dweep, he said work on these vital projects should be expedited.
The event witnesses a huge congregation on the banks of the Ganga in Haridwar.
High mast lights should be put in the city during the mela period and video surveillance and communication systems should be strengthened, he said.
However, the chief minister asked officials to keep a special eye on quality of construction work which should not be compromised for the sake of speed.
Rs 250 crore have been sanctioned by the state government for work of permanent nature and Rs 202 crore is also being sanctioned for works of temporary nature, he said.
All the departments involved in the preparations like the PWD, irrigation, drinking water, electricity and health should complete the works well in time through better co-ordination among themselves, Rawat said.