AGARTALA, Feb 4: The 15th Finance Commission has given additional grants of Rs. 875 crore to build infrastructures to the fund-starved Tripura but there has been no signal of receiving of Rs. 2657 crore, which will be shortfall for the year 2020-21 in the state’s non-plan expenditure.
An amount of Rs. 400 grant has been sanctioned for building two check dams at Champaknagar and Champaicherra in West Tripura district, according to an official release here today.
The two check dams will ensure drinking water supply for the greater Agartala. They will also be proved handy to save the capital town, which has already got the Smart City tag from the perennial flood.
Rs. 175 crore has been allocated for facelift of two tourism spots- Tripureswari temple in Udaipur and Neermahal in Melagarh. The funds will be spent for setting up a ropeway and building of 51 peeths in Tripureswari temple. A substantial amount has also been given for arranging sound and light show in Neermahal to attract tourists.
A mammoth building will be constructed to bring all the government officials under one roof to avoid unnecessary movement of the officials and the people. Rs. 100 crore has been granted for this purpose.
Apart from this, Rs. 125 crore has been allocated for the development of five district headquarters- Khowai, Bishramganj, Ambassa, Belonia and Kailashahar.
Each district headquarters will receive Rs. 25 crores for modern drainage system, solid waste management and street light. Besides, Rs. 75 crore each has been granted for Dharmanagar and Udaipur, both are district headquarters for infrastructure building.
Chief Minister Biplab Kumar today congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union government for providing additional grants to the state. “The additional outlay will usher in a new dawn in the state as funds will boost infrastructures as well as the tourism sector”, he said in the post.
However, there has been no assurance of meeting the shortfall of Rs. 2657 crore despite requests to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
In the recently concluded NEC plenary meeting, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb reeled off the state’s financial constraint of not receiving Rs. 2657 crore to meet the state’s non-plan expenditure. Now, it is to be seen how the state navigates through the fiscal constraint.