Relief work in Leh hit by lack of funds
Leh: Ten months after a deadly natural disaster claimed over 250 lives, relief and rehabilitation work being carried out by the authorities here is hitting a
roadblock-- due to paucity of funds.
Piles of mud and stone are still lying at Choglumsar, which bore the major brunt of the cloudburst and flashflood, inside various houses, shops on the national highway to Manali and at several other places in and around the town.
Excepting national highways, other link roads are awaiting their restoration in the city which were badly damaged in the disaster that struck on the intervening night
of August 5-6 last year.
While locals complain of lackadaisical approach of the government in rebuilding the infrastructure in the ravaged city, authorities seek to shift the blame on the Centre for not sanctioning over Rs 130 crore for the rehabilitation.
"We are trying to rebuild the infrastructure. As far as the rehabilitation work is considered, it is done in a systematic way. Everything has been done in a much better way. As per the temporary restoration is considered, everything was done in a record time," Leh Deputy Commissioner Tsering Angchok said.
According to him, about Rs 133 crore is yet to be received from the Centre on building road and other infrastructure to give momentum to the relief work.
The cloudburst had killed 257 people and damaged 1,448 households-- 665 fully and 783 partially.