BOTCHED GANPAT BRIDGE PROJECT DOMINATES LC PROCEEDINGS

Legislators demand probe by House committee

ABHINAV VERMA

Jammu, Mar 22: The alleged misappropriation of funds and delay in construction of three vital bridges, including much delayed Ganpat Bridge, in erstwhile Doda district   rocked the Legislative Council Friday with legislators demanding a probe into the matter by a House committee.
While the Government informed that an inquiry has already been initiated, it assured that the findings would be tabled in the House for the information of the members.
The members – all from treasure benches, expressed strong dismay over the delay in completion of the three bridges including Ganpat Bridge, Trungal Bridge and Marsoo
Bridge in erstwhile Doda and raised volley of supplementary questions on the main question by Sham Lal Baghat.  
The issue  triggered a heated debate  after Bahshir Ahmed Veeri  apprised the House how CAG  in its report of 2010 -2011 have pointed series of  discrepancies in the execution of Ganpat Bridge over the Chenab River to connect Doda city- the headquarter of Doda District   
He said according to CAG report Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation (JKPCC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Jammu and Kashmir Power Development Corporation (JKPDC) on December 2006 for construction of Motorable R C C Bridge at Ganpat, Doda at a cost of Rupees 29.95 crore, which included 15 per cent supervision charges of 4.49 crore, and had to be completed in February 2009. 
 “CAG report   revealed that the JKPCC   sub-contracted the work without following a transparent and competitive tendering process.  The JKPCC had allotted work to a sub-contractor on the recommendation of a committee set up by the JKPCC on January 2007. The committee had opined that the said contractor had the capacity to undertake such works and had, in the past, already executed some bridge projects with the JKPCC” he said.
He said surprisingly the contractor   had started the work on the Bridge in November 2006, while the committee   recommended allotment of work in January 2007.
He also informed that the CAG report finds that the contractor, to whom the work was sublet, was paid an interest free mobilization advance of Rupees 5.09 crore on the very start of work in share violation of guidelines prescribed by Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). The violation of CVC norms resulted in interest loss of Rs 1.64 crore  to state, VEeri informed, while quoting the CAG report. 
Demanding a probe through House committee, the members including Ghulam Rasool, Naresh Gupta and Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy underlined the need to fix the responsibility and bring the erring officials to the book.
Meanwhile, the members expressed dissatisfied over the reply of the government given by minister for R&B Abdul Mujeeb Wani and MoS Vikar Rasool. However they assured that the Government would submit the report in the house in next session, while the construction on all the three bridges would be expedited to ensure early  completion.   

Lastupdate on : Fri, 22 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 22 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 23 Mar 2013 00:00:00 IST


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