Dehradun: The snail-paced movement of the Uttarakhand Urban Sector Development Programme (UUSDP), funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB) is hampering the overall development of the state, which is one of the country’s top tourist destinations.

Started with an aim to improve urban infrastructure and services in 31 towns, the UUSDP is yet to be completed.

Precious little has been done over the past three years with only 20 per cent of the work completed ever since it was started in 2008. 31 cities and important locations of the state are covered under the project.

The estimated cost of the project is Rs 2,000 crore in which ADB has funded Rs 1,400 and the remaining Rs 600 crore includes the grant from the state government.

The project started in 2008 including development of better water supply network, improvement in the sewage system and slum areas under phase I, II and III, while under phase-IV road expansion work, transport and solid waste management was proposed.
According to the project schedule, phase I is to be completed by 2012 but so far only 10 percent work has been finished. Although phase II of the project began in 2009, the DPR for various development work under the project is underway.

The magnitude of laxity in the work can be gauged from the fact that the the work of third phase which was supposed to get started last year is still restricted to files.

Defending the department, Urban Development Minister Madan Kaushik said, “During the recent review meeting, the concerned officials have been directed to speed up the development work.”