Govt allots Rs 2148 cr as Infrastructure Stop Gap Funding

first_imgKolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government has allotted Rs 2,148 crore as Infrastructure Stop Gap Funding (ISGF) for different projects to check floods in most parts of the state.The state government has allotted the ISGF as the Centre has not been giving the funds required for the projects and at the same time, the Mamata Banerjee government also had to make the move to initiate the projects so that people do not get affected.It may be mentioned that the state government has prepared master plans and taken up a total of 11 major projects to check floods in the state. Out of the 11 projects, the state government is funding six, while one is getting executed with the support of the World Bank. The process of preparing the detailed project reports (DPRs) of two master plans for North Bengal is going on. The state government would also approach the World Bank for its support for the two projects in North Bengal. Two projects, including the Ghatal master plan, need funding by the Centre.A project has been taken up to check flood in Purulia, Bankura and Jhargram districts. Around 57 medium and small irrigation projects will be taken up, for which Rs 300 crore has been allotted under ISGF. Similarly, Rs 670.10 crore has been allotted for the projects to check flood in 12 South Bengal districts.Around 518 km of embankment will be strengthened under the project. In some places, the height of the embankments will also be increased. The state government has also decided to give Rs 1,178 crore under ISGF for similar work of 276 km in different districts.Besides the projects that will be carried out with the money allotted under ISGF, the state government is also funding projects for maintenance of different structures, which are significant for flood management.There are two master plans to check flood in North Bengal. One of the master plans is for Malda,North and South Dinajpur districts, while the other one is for Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Cooch Behar and Alipurduar.As per the preliminary estimation, the cost of executing two projects is Rs 1,589 crore and Rs 771 crore respectively. The state government would approach the World Bank for the projects.Interestingly, there is a need of an investment of Rs 1,238.95 crore for the Ghatal master plan. Despite giving the nod to initiate the project, the Centre is yet to allot the funds for the same.last_img

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