AGARTALA, July 6 - The Centre has released Rs 358 crore for Tripura as an additional outlay under the Special Project Assistance, according to sources. The fund has been released to complete pending projects, which were undertaken during the previous regime.
After attending the NITI Aayog meeting held on June 15, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb had called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi and informed him about the fund constraints to complete several unfinished projects.
The Centre has released Rs 358 crore to complete the pending works, mainly construction of building and road works. The release of the fund brought the much needed relief to the cash-strapped State.
Sources said that the erstwhile Government had taken up several projects before the 2018 Assembly elections without availability of funds that crippled several projects.
The present State Government has decided not to take up fresh construction works without the approval of requisite funds.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Rural Development has sanctioned Rs 299.96 crore under the PMGSY II for the State to upgrade 42 roads. �On the basis of the recommendations of the Empowered Committee and substantial compliance by the State, the Ministry accorded clearance of Rs 299.96 crore to undertake 42 road works. Besides, the State Government will have to pay Rs 33.32 crore as part of its share,� an official release stated.