The much-touted co-operatives’ own property the “Centre of excellence for Co-operative Training” in Noida may not get ready on time, informed sources say. Started last year, the building was likely to be inaugurated by the last month of this year.
The chances of getting the building finally ready, have receded into the background due to a variety of reasons including pollution guidelines and then the Corona scare, rues the NCUI Chief Executive who had been to the site of construction after a gap of more than six months.
“The contractor is back to job with his laborers and work is going ahead for the last three days”, confirmed the CE who admitted that a host of factors are responsible for the delay. In the wake of acute pollution NGT stopped all construction activities in the NCR region and the contractor had to sit idle for more than two months, he stated.
Later, the corona scare prevented any activities for long three months and it is only after the MHA guidelines were issued at the start of the 4th lockdown that the works could be resumed, said the CE.
If the work is allowed to go unhindered we would achieve a lot in the next three months, he said after visiting the site. “Wait for a month and we would give you impressive photographs to prove how fast the work is going”, he added.
It bears recall that NCUI is constructing a Centre of excellence for co-operative training on a piece of land it took on lease from Noida Authority. The absence of construction for many years had brought a situation to pass where the apex co-op body could have lost the claim on the land as was mandated by the norms of the Noida Authority.
Earlier, NCUI President Chandra Pal Singh Yadav visited the site along with Vice-President Bijendra Singh and NCUI officials to take stock of the progress.
On Wednesday again, Chandra Pal who came to Delhi from Jhansi by road tried to find out the progress from the NCUI officials and resolve payment issues of the contractor, source add.
The land has been in possession of NCUI since 2007. It measures 3000 sq.mt and is located at B-81, Sector 80, Noida. It was originally allotted to NCUI for setting up printing press on leasehold basis for a period of 90 years.
Later, NCUI modified the project and besides a printing press, it aims to have a Skill Development Training Centre and a world class International Conference Hall. There would be labs and hostels, among other things.
The estimated cost of the project is about Rs 12 crore and it will be a five-storey building. The center is going to be world class aimed at showcasing India’s achievements in the cooperative sector.