Corruption in Road Construction: SVC orders registration of case against 3 R&B engineers

SRINAGAR: The State Vigilance Commission has ordered for registration of a formal case against three senior officers of R&B Division Udhampur. The IGP Vigilance Organization has been asked to file FIR against then Executive Engineer, Suraj Prakash, Assistant Executive Engineer, Ram Gopal and Junior Engineer Sanjay Atri of R&B Division Udhampur for their omissions and commissions while discharging official duties besides recovering Rs. 2, 45, 179 from them.
A press statement said that earlier, the Vigilance Organization had received a complaint from Deputy Commissioner Udhampur alleging that the quality parameters were not followed and maintained by the R&B Division Udhampur while repairing and black topping of 4 km stretch of 17. 5 km Jakhani-Pakhlia road in 2010 costing Rs. 20 lakhs. Taking cognizance of the complaint, the Vigilance Organisation got the matter enquired and submitted a report to the Commission for action. The enquiry report revealed that department has incurred Rs. 64 lakhs on development of the road from 2007 to 2011 and the work in question has been undertaken departmentally by the PWD (R&B) without inviting tenders. The report further mentioned that repair and black topping on 4 km road stretch has been executed without constructing cross drainage because of which potholes and cracks developed on the road. Lack of supervision, poor consolidation and recharging excess metal stretches on already laid WBM grade IInd and grade IIIrd in excess of allowed quantity has caused loss of Rs. 2,45,179, the report said.
The Commission after having a threadbare discussion on the enquiry report observed that the officers have misused and abused their official position and decided to get a formal case registered against these three officers of R&B department and directed IGP Vigilance Organization to implement the decision early and undertake investigation.