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Ex-DMC chief clarifies
Published on 11 Sep. 2010 12:57 AM IST
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Giving a clarification regarding advance money taken from stall allotees for construction of the new complex that comes close on the heels of the September 9 revelation by chief advisor DMC Er.Keditsu over alleged financial irregularities by the previous DMC, former DMC chairperson K.Khekaho Assumi on behalf of former members, asserted that “construction fees was realized only for the ground floor and not as mentioned.”
It may be recalled that current chief advisor DMC Er.Keditsu alleged that advance to the tune of Rs.3.78 crore was taken from stall allotees by the previous DMC while Rs.62 lakhs was spent but with no record of the transactions and neither of where the balance amount was kept. .Er Keditsu also mentioned that allotees were asked to pay advance for second and third floors while construction for ground floor was not completed.
In a statement Friday, Khekaho admitted that construction fees were realized from the allottees taking into consideration the “prevailing rates of construction raw materials.”
He said the process of construction started way back in 2007 October-November, during the tenure of former DMC chairman Y. Vikheho Awomi when the price of cement and MS rod were Rs.220 to Rs.240 per bag and Rs.2200 to Rs.2500 per quintal respectively.
Khekaho said following the change of guard (in the DMC) in April 2008, the new team headed by him carried on construction in “full swing”. He said it was during June-July 2008 that there was massive price escalation of construction materials, where the price of cement shot up to Rs.350 to Rs.360 per bag and MS rod almost doubled and shot up to around Rs.4000 per quintal.
Further, clarifying that the construction fees were realized only for ground floor, the former DMC chairperson the fish market construction of first and second floor were also nearing completion and the first floor of the open vegetable market was also nearing the completion.
Further, he said there was a backlog of around Rs.38 lakh, concerning staff provident fund and that the enquiry committee headed by the urban development secretary had pulled him up last year for non-clearance of provident fund though half of the backlog was cleared in October 2009. “It is not as alleged but the fact is DMC has no separate fund payment of provident fund and at times is it even difficult to manage the salary so there is no question of mismanaging the provident fund,” said Khekaho.
He further maintained that whether it was the money for construction or for the provident fund everything was in “black and white”. He said the same issue was also raised even last year, following which the government deputed an enquiry commission and everything was looked into as far as the functioning of the civic body was concerned.

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