SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Government has decided to investigate corruption-ridden Jammu and Kashmir Project Construction Corporation (JKPCC), a government owned company involved in building projects worth Rs 8000 crore in the state, but with violation of rules allegedly as the norm.
The government on Tuesday said that it is handing over major scams of the corporation to the Crime branch of JK Police. It will investigate the manner of awarding contracts to contractors done on a nomination basis and not on transparent tendering procedure, diverting funds from one project to another, irregularities in appointments at various levels, inefficiency in functioning and huge time and cost overruns in project implementation, and reasons for estimates for construction being much higher than those of PWD.
The investigation is expected to open a Pandora box for the corporation.
Kashmir Reader has done a series of reports on how officials at the corporation indulge in non-professional practices.
One report highlighted the negligently procedure adopted by the corporation for the controversial Rajbagh bridge, where . construction went on for years without proper designs.
The skewed bridge constructed over Jhelum river – between Presentation Convent School in Rajbagh and city center Lal Chowk – is an epitome of state government’s flawed planning, management and execution. After forty years of planning and rehashing the plan several times over, the government has put the areas on either side of the bridge at greater risk of flood and incurred losses to the exchequer. No heads were moved.
Regarding irregular appointments, Kashmir Reader reported on how a non-permanent resident of state was appointed as an officer in the company. The company had appointed Suresh Kumar Rekhi, whose permanent resident certificate (PRC) was cancelled by the J&K government in 2015, as Technical Officer to the Executive Director of the company. An inquiry was ordered.
Another report highlighted non-transparent tendering process, in a project to upgrade infrastructure at hospitals affiliated with the Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar.
The company had given out work estimated at Rs 24.37 lakh, which it had earlier cancelled.