The state government has sanctioned the transfer of funds from AMRUT-1 to the Smart City project for the implementation of multi-level car parking systems at Putharikandam and Medical College Hospital.
The corporation council that met in March had given the nod for the transfer of funds to Smart City. The decision came almost six years after the project was conceived and five years after the administrative sanction was received for the project. The state government in its order has however posed no questions on why the projects could not be implemented under AMRUT-1.
In 2018, the government accorded administrative sanction for the works; multi-level car parking systems (MLCPs) in the corporation premises and Putharikanadam Maithanam for an amount of Rs 17.64 crore under AMRUT 1.0 and revised administrative sanction was accorded for an amount of Rs 18.91 crore for work later.
Among them, the MLCP in corporation premises was completed. The piling works of MLCP at Putharikandam Maithanam was completed by the contractor Sieger Spintech Equipments Pvt Ltd but later the contract was terminated without any risk and cost to the contractor. The government gave administrative sanction for an amount of Rs.17.64 crore for the work of MLCP in Medical College premises under AMRUT 1.0 and work was awarded to Sieger Spintech Equipments Pvt Ltd, but the same was also terminated without any risk and cost to the contractor.
The Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Ltd (SCTL) CEO has informed the state government that the executive subcommittee of SCTL had given sanction to include the works of MLCPs in smart City and requested to take necessary arrangements to transfer the fund reserved for the project.
The state high powered steering committee has also decided to grant permission to transfer funds from AMRUT-1 to Smart City.