In south Kashmir’s Tral township of Pulwama district, the drug de-addiction centre is under construction for last seven years.
According to sources, the lack of funds and “government indifference” are hindering the completion of the building.
In 2011, the department of social welfare sent a proposal to the government for the establishment of the de-addiction centre, which was approved in 2012.
According to the locals, subsequently in 2012 the Roads & Buildings (R&B) department started the construction of the building. “But more than seven years have passed since, yet the building is incomplete,” the locals said, adding that they have submitted several representations to the officials concerned seeking to expedite the work but to no avail.
People from Tral, Awantipora and Aripal expressed anguish over the delay in its completion.
A senior official of R&B department Pulwama blamed the government for delay in its completion. “The government delayed the release of the funds, which hampered the work on several occasions. We could have completed it within a year, but funds were always a problem,” he said.
When contacted, District Social Welfare Officer Pulwama, Mukhtar Ahmad told Greater Kashmir that the building is almost complete and will be thrown open within two weeks. “Some minor interior work is to be done before it is handed over to the authorities,” he said.
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