Sources say Parvaiz M Fazili, team leader of GKW Limited, went to Dubai and then ‘casually’ resigned on return
SRINAGAR: Team leader of the Kolkata-based consultant company looking after the repeatedly-delayed Jahangir Chowk-Natipora flyover project has resigned from his job, months after the government began to fix responsibilities for not completing work on time.
Parvaiz M Fazili, the team leader of GKW Limited, has sent his resignation to the Jammu and Kashmir Economic Reconstruction Company (JKERA), a government agency constituted for the implementation of externally-aided projects, including the Jahangir Chowk-Natipora flyover. A copy of his resignation letter, dated April 30, 2019, is with Kashmir Reader.
“It is to inform you that due to some compelling health issues I will not be attending office from 1st May 2019 onwards,” it reads.
Fazili has been representing GKW since 2013. The company was engaged for a fee of Rs 7 crore, including Rs 1.5 crore for contingency and nearly Rs 2 crore for out-of-pocket expenses. However, payments to GKW for the contract have now exceeded Rs 40 crore, all due to delayed work. The contracted projects were delayed by two years, during which the ERA had to pay the salary component of the allotted money to GKW, while no work was done in these years as the situation was not conducive to carry on work on bridges, roads, drainage, and a flyover project.
However, the salary component of these two years amounts to about Rs 3 crore additional fees, raising the cost to Rs 10 crore, not Rs 40 crore. Fazili as leader was supposed to supervise all this, and prevent it from happening. But no such step was taken until the new CEO JKERA and its director took over. The duo raised serious questions, which were investigated internally by ERA. Their investigations have recently led to a Rs 2 crore fine imposed on SIMPLEX Construction Company, which has failed to meet a deadline in March. No such fine has as yet been imposed on GKW, which was getting additional money even as the delays were getting prolonged.
Well-informed sources told Kashmir Reader that before sending his resignation, Fazili went to Dubai for some time. After his return, he remained in the job for a brief while and then casually resigned. He has asked ERA to nominate another engineer to supervise the contracted projects.