Landslides, Slip Clearance On Batote-Thathri Stretch Of National Highway, A Mega Scandal: Congress

Landslides, slip clearance on Batote-Thathri stretch of National Highway, a mega scandal: Congress

Kishtwar, Aug 03: Vice-President JKPCC and MLA Inderwal Ghulam Mohammad Saroori today took the strong note of allotting road clearance (landslides), restoration work on Batote-Thathri National Highway to various contractors by the R&B division Doda without floating tenders.

Saroori said that the Executive Engineer in close proximity with some local contractors is alloting works to them without floating tenders thereby causing heavy loss to the state exchequer. He further alleged that the damage report prepared for clearing the landslides on Batote-Thathri National Highway is meant to benefit the particular contractor and is aimed at "looting" the state which is already in "shambles" financial condition.

"Damage Report that has been prepared for clearing the slips, restoration work on Batote-Thathri National Highway is highly gruesome as the time period mentioned (in hours) is five times more than the genuine time period required to clear the same with the help of JCB", Saroori said in agony.

He asked the government officials to float the tenders before allotting tenders to the contractors that too in and accordance to norms of e-tendering. He further said that people even filed RTI with regard to the issuance of work without tender, added that the department fails to give the reply to these RTI even after lapse of stipulated time frame.

"I have taken up the matter with Director and SSP Vigilance and have also forwarded a letter to the officer--- I am pretty sure that the organisation will soon weed out the scandal", said Saroori.

Saroori also demanded a high level probe into the mass irregularities done by the government officials and also requested the Chief Minister of J&K Mufti Muhammad Sayed and Minister for Roads and Buildings (R&B) Syed Altaf Bukhari to personally intervene into the matter and get the erring officials booked.



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