Maharashtra to release additional funds for Nashik Kumbh Mela, in March 2015. In 2015, Nashik Kumbh Mela begins on August 15 and ends on September 13.
The state government is awaiting the submission of utilisation certificates for the aid provided earlier before it releases the funds for Kumbh works, said Manisha Mhaiskar, principal secretary of the urban development department during her maiden visit to Nashik on Thursday after taking over the charge of the office.
The senior officer conducted a meeting of the various government agencies to review the progress of Kumbh works in the city. The officer acquainted herself with the developments being carried out through Rs 2,378-crore kumbh plan.
She said that there were no issues about the funds required for Kumbh and that the additional funds that have been proposed would be accommodated after discussion with the high power committee and the apex committee.
“We are waiting for utilisation certificates from government agencies for the work on the various fronts for Kumbh Mela. The certificates were expected around this time and we have been told that they will be presented in February. As soon as the certificates reach the government, the next round of funds will be released,” she said.
The officer said that there were no red flags as far as the work being carried out was concerned nor were there any issues with coordination between agencies at the district or state level. “Having reviewed the work, it is amply clear that there are no red flags in the progress of the works being carried out by the agencies. We are also sure that the work will be completed by the given deadline,” Mhaiskar said.
The principal secretary has decided to conduct special meetings for Trimbakeshwar in February. “This was a Nashik city specific meeting and I plan to take Trimbakeshwar specific meeting next month wherein we will be able take a look closer look at the progress of works in the town,” she said.
A senior official associated with Kumbh preparations said that the utilization certificates were being procured from various agencies and would be submitted to the government soon.