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Border residents organization writes to LG, accuses officials of corruption

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A border residents organization has alleged malpractices in construction works in district Poonch of Jammu and Kashmir and has demanded a thorough probe to bring the corrupt elements to justice.

Alleging massive unchecked corruption in the construction and repair works of Jugal to Kullian Galli Road in Mendhar block of border district Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir Border Area Development Conference, a registered organization working for the welfare of border residents has accused the local engineers of PWD and contractors for causing huge loss to the state exchequer.

The organization in a communique to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has demanded a probe by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)  against the delinquent officers of the Public Works Department Mendhar including the local Junior Engineer and AEE stating that on the name of construction and repair of this road, funds have been repeatedly withdrawn from one scheme to another during last 3-4 years but yet the construction material used there is of sub-standard quality, nor the other guidelines, specifications as mentioned in the bid and contract are followed.

There is definitely a nexus between the officers of the PWD and contractors otherwise this loss to the state exchequer could have not been possible”, the complaint reads.

The Complaint submitted by Dr Shazad Ahmed Malik, Chairman BADC and former Vice Chancellor has further urged the government to immediately seize all the records related to payment of construction of this road including the signed contract, bills, vouchers, measurement register, and payment register.

In the complaint, the BADC Chairman has also asked for a third-party forensic audit of records and materials used in the construction of this road.

Notably, the portion of the same road that is built by PMGSY is comparatively much better than that is constructed by Public Works Department. [KNT]

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