Bandipora: A strange case of embezzlement has come to the fore in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district wherein the Municipal Committee is alleged to have spent the state exchequer’s money in laying tiled paths to the residential houses of influential men under a scheme otherwise meant for urban development.
According to the Committee’s Executive Engineer, Wali Mohammad, the developmental scheme under which the embezzlement took place is a small one, with an estimated budget of around Rs 15-16 lakhs under which works of tile-laying over urban lanes and bylanes is executed.
The scheme was hailed by locals, but with time people allege that powerful men have been successful in diverting the state exchequer’s money for personal favours. They said that many such personal works have been carried out by the Municipal Committee department in several wards of the town, which consists of total seventeen wards in total. A high-level enquiry into it has been demanded.
The documents of at least two years accessed by Kashmir Reader, however, mention no such work executed by the department.
The Executive Engineer, Wali Mohammad, however, denied the allegations of such works done in anyone’s personal favour. He said that works are properly tendered and are inspected by top officers after their culmination.