By TC News Desk
Agartala: November 18. Former transport and urban development minister Manik Dey today claimed that the pace of development of Agartala city has stopped and the state government is misleading people in the name of development.
Addressing a press conference, Dey who is also state president of CITU said in 2014, Agartala city was announced to be developed as a smart city. Then in 2016 a report is sent to the centre about what will be included in the project.
“The total cost of this project was Rs 1000 crores. Of this, the state government has given Rs 78 crore while Rs 297 crores has been provided by the central government. Now the state government said Rs 342 crore have been spent. But why the rest of the money has not yet reached the state?” Dey raised the question in the press conference.
He said how much work has been done in the state during the time of the current government is not being noticed.
“The pace of development in Agartala city has stopped. And the state government is misleading people. In 2017, Smart City came to the state at a cost of Rs 192 crore. The work started in full swing with this money. Three projects were initiated to address the drinking water problem. Most of those works were completed by the government in 2018. Among these was the challenge of bringing water in some areas. But the people of the state do not know how much of this work has been completed”, alleged Dey.
Manik also said two overhead tanks were constructed and money was allocated to upgrade the treatment plant at College Tilla and Bardowali however it is not known how much this work has been done.
“Money was allocated earlier for these works. 22 out of 24 deep tube wells were completed. It is not known whether the remaining two tasks have been completed or now. And if these are not correct, it is difficult to say how many people will get water”, he added.