Recurrent damage to 4th Tawi Bridge: Vigilance smells fish ‘Out of Rs 1.60 cr just Rs 50 lakh spent on restoration’

Nagender Jamwal

Surprised over the recurrent damages to the 4th Tawi Bridge, Jammu Vigilance Department today smelled a fish in the restoration and renovation works of the bridge and found that huge misappropriation of funds has been made by the executing agency.

Following the complaints lodged by locals against the then executing agency (JKPCC) for not using standard material for restoring the 4th Tawi Bridge, whose approach road towards Belicharana gets damaged due to rains, SSP Vigilance constituted a team including Engineer to inspect the material being used for restoration.

Officials said, “In 2014, funds worth of rupees 1.60 crore were sanctioned for the restoration work but only 50 lakhs were spent by then executive agency and since then the approach or portion remained un-restored.”

Sources said that the then executive agency sent its file to centre government regarding concreting this portion, the central government took time for approval so executing agency made a temporary filling.

Officials said that the portion of bridge was washed away in 2014 flash floods and was restored by JKPCC then executive agency but again in 2015 floods the portion washed away.

Locals smell foul in this project and they lodged a written complaint to vigilance department Jammu that the material being used is of substandard quality.

In this complaint they also alleged that the executive agency- JKPCC withdrew huge sum of funds, but did nothing on ground.

Smelling promiscuous on the part then executive agency, SSP Vigilance along with engineers inspected the area. The engineering wing also scrutinized the files and funds which were sanctioned for this restoration work.

Officials said that the report of this scrutinized work would come after 25 days.

SSP Vigilance, Shabir Malik talking to Newspoint said, “In 2014, a complaint was lodged in our department that the filling in the portion was not appropriate then executive agency did not work well in the area so that this approach towards Belicharana was again washed away.”

“Taking the complaint seriously, today I sent my team along with engineering wing for inspecting the area,” SSP said.

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