Sopore residents allege embezzlement in link roads maintenance project

Sopore residents allege embezzlement in link roads maintenance project

Sopore: The residents of Adipora village of Sopore accused the Block Development Department of Sopore of embezzlement of funds provided under MGNREGA Scheme during 2013-14.
The residents said an amount of Ts 1.50 lakh was sanctioned for maintenance of three link roads connecting Rehmatabad, Parpora, and Dar Mohalla localities in the village.
However, they said only two link roads were maintained while the third one was left unattended.
A group of villagers led by Ghulam Mohammad Malik, Auqaf Committee head, said: “Tenders were advertised in 2012 for maintenance of the three link roads in Adipora village. But only two link roads were developed in 2014; the third one was left completely unattended.”
They said an amount of Rs 50, 000 was required for maintenance of one link road, making it a total expenditure of Rs 1 lakh. .
“We complained many times to the block development officer (BDO) concerned, Riyaz Ahmad, but no action has been taken.”
“The BDO also visited the spot and noticed that a board has been erected to mark completion of the link road that was never taken up for maintenance. And he assured the people of Adipora village that an investigation will be carried out.”
When contacted by Kashmir Reader, junior contractor concerned Bilal Ahmad said termed people’s complaint as their “misconception”.
Later, he admitted that only two link roads were maintained while bills for the work on all three of them had been taken. He started apologising, and appealed this correspondent not to report the fraud.
The BDO refuted that the bill could have been handed over to the contactors even for the incomplete work. He, however, said the matter would be investigated.

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