No funds, work on R&AW building stuck
Meanwhile, the stone cladding has got damaged, granite discoloured and several window panes smashed or jammed in the half-built structure, even as R&AW officials use the ground floor space as a parking lot.
Earlier this month, top R&AW officials held another round of meetings with the finance team of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in an attempt to get the stalled project moving. Their demand: a fresh allocation of around Rs 27 crore over and above the Rs 137.75 crore already sanctioned in 2009 by the Committee on Non-Planned Expenditure.
Officials admitted that there was little hope of a solution soon given the series of objections raised by the Finance Ministry earlier over the huge project cost overruns and the “arbitrary” changes to its plan.
Requisitioned way back in 1998, the original funds estimate regarding the R&AW project was Rs 100.92 crore, which went up to Rs 129.94 crore by 2003. The latest note submitted to the Finance Ministry revises the requirement to Rs 163.99 crore.
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