Residents of Nowgam Baramulla allege usage of substandard material in road construction

Residents of Nowgam Baramulla allege usage of substandard material in road construction
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Baramulla: Residents of Rangwar Patti Sultanpora in Kundi Nowgam area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district alleged that Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) department isn’t executing the works on Kholana to Rangwar Sultanpora road as per norms.
“Department and contractor compromised on the quantity and quality of material being used in construction of road and protection bunds,” they alleged.
Tahir Ahmed, a local expressed concern for allowing using use of boulders on stone-wall concrete capping.
“The work of protection bunds which is physically completed were executed as per contractors will not as per departmental norms and sanctioned estimate,” he said.
He added that putting boulders in capping concrete over bund is totally illegal. Besides, construction is not as per estimate as width and height of the bund is less then what is shown in the sanctioned estimate.
However, the residents said that they didn’t spot any officer visiting the area. They allege that not to talk of road, department is doing irregularities in construction of retaining walls which is mandatory and doubles the life of a road.
Locals further appealed to the concerned authority for immediate action and to constitute an inquiry on the matter before the withdrawal of the bills.
‘The concerned Junior Engineer and Executive Engineer are hand in glow with concerned contractor in looting state exchequer,” they lamented.
Executive Engineer PMGSY Jan Mohammad Shah claimed that there is scrutiny of work in the department and action will be taken if some wrong is found. “works were going on as per norms,” he said.

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