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DDCC unearths corruption, irregularities in RCC bridge, RGGVY contract works

In this photo released by DCC Dimapur anti-corruption cell on Saturday, the two-lane RCC Bridge over Dhansiri (tributary) at Purana Bazar, Dimpaur is seen unfinished.
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, OCT 23 (NPN):
Published on 24 Oct. 2010 12:23 AM IST
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Anti-corruption cell of the Dimapur District Congress Committee (DDCC) has unearthed alleged irregularities in contract works carried out under Nagaland PWD (R&B) and Power department in the district.
The DDCC cell, which instrumented RTI Act to unearth the alleged irregularities in contracts works, pointed out that two-lane RCC Bridge project, over Dhansiri (tributary) Purana Bazaar, was incomplete despite 90% funds released, and that rusted electric poles were utilized to electrify some villages under Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY), with no wages paid to villagers. The report was released to the media here on Saturday.
According to DDCC anti-corruption cell report, two-lane RCC Bridge project over Dhansiri tributary at Purana Bazaar, work on which commenced November 9, 2007, is still far from completion despite 90% funds.
Substituting its claim with documents and pictures, the DDCC officials said contract of Rs.6.03 core sanctioned under Non-Lapsable Central Pool Resources (NLCPR) was awarded to PABSCON Company on April 26, 2007. The work was supposed to have been completed within two years, w.e.f from 7th day of the issue of work order or from the date of actual commencement which ever was earlier, they said.
However, there has been no progress till date despite a total of Rs.5.36 crore have been withdrawn (Rs.2.03 crore on June 28, 2007, Rs.2.03 core on June 25, 2008 and Rs.1.30 crore on March 29, 2010), DDCC cell alleged. The work order issued by chief engineer PWD (R&B) clearly stated that no extension time will be allowed.
Further, the DDCC’s anti-corruption cell alleged that no reply was received from PABSCON although they wrote to them. They furnished a copy of directive issued to PABSCON company by EE PWD (R&B) Dimapur Division, directing the firm to complete project immediately and give satisfactory reply to DDCC query within stipulated time.
They also queried the process through which huge amount of funds were released without verifying the work. Asserting that party cannot compromise on basic needs, the DDCC cell demanded blacklisting PABSCON company.
“If you cannot complete the work then don’t become a contractor,” cell member said.
Meanwhile, in the second case, the cell officials alleged that rusted electric poles have used to electrify some villages under RGGVY and no labour wages have been paid to the villagers by the contractors even though the scheme clearly mentioned it and rusted poles were used in some villages.
The cell also alleged that contractors had threatened to abandon works if any villages complained. The contract which was awarded to JA Brothers and Win Power Marketing Pvt Ltd (Assam) was offered on “turn key basis” with 90:10 Ratio between the union government and state government.
According to documents, out of Rs.9, 59, 73, 406 (total project cost); a total of 35 villages have been electrified up to March 2010 and Rs.1,57, 65, 861 released so far.
Alleging that contractors had utilized unserviceable steel tubular poles to set up electricity in villages, the DDCC cell said same poles had been auctioned by the government. Documents supporting auctioning of poles and directive for submission of treasury challan by EE Chumukedima Electrical division were provided to the media. Five villages, where rusted poles were allegedly used, include R Hovishe, Nikihe, Izhevi, Kutovi and Tohokhu. The issue came to light after scarp dealers went to villages to pick up auctioned poles and found them missing, DDCC said.
Further, the cell officials demanded compensation from the department and contractors for labour as mentioned in the scheme.

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