Dehradun : 01 February, 2016

TUttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Saturday asked the Centre to release over Rs 732 crore to help speed up reconstruction works and flood management projects in the areas ravaged by the flash floods of 2013.

In a letter to Union Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharati, Rawat said the ministry owes Rs 732.23 crore to Uttarakhand under the centrally-sponsored schemes (CSSs) - for reconstruction, flood management programme - and accelerated irrigation benefits programme (AIBP). Rawat said the amount is sum of the remaining portions of what the Centre owes under the three schemes.

He alleged that a number of projects are stuck midway as funds were not being released by the ministry. Noting that the amount invested in the projects cannot pay dividends until they are completed, Rawat urged the Minister to release funds, especially for completing the flood safety project before the onset of monsoon. News18

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