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PWD undertakes works worth Rs 7 crores without informing Information Department

gy correspondent Jammu mar 22
[ March 22, 2017 ] People believe that no works are being done there without bribing officials in Govt departments. Among the departments against whose officials the SVC has received most corruption complaints include are Rural Development, Public Works, Consumer Affairs Public Distribution, and Revenue Department. One side J&K Government is trying to use advanced technologies in different departments to make work easier and comfortable for its employees another side some officials are involved in white-collar crimes which destructs the future of younger generations. There is no denying to the fact that Several Government departments are habitual of concealing the posting details of the officers and officials facing the departmental enquiries on the allegations of corruption, nepotism and throwing rules to winds to obtain and provide financial benefits. Public Works and Revenue are notorious for corrupt practices. The blacktopping of most of the city roads has been done haphazardly without following the parameters which are there to be followed for long lasting age of roads resulting in depreciation of roads in shortest possible time after the blacktopping is done. A s per the known of department, The right temperature for effective black topping should not be less than 35 degree Celsius and it should be done after March to July every year but in a recent incident depicting such claims blacktopping of Bajarat road near DC office going on in the month of March under the jurisdiction of PWD Division II which is against the set norms and also for the durability of blacktopping of roads the concrete should be made ready using boiler and if the blacktopping is going on rural areas manual procedure is followed. However using tipper to carry the readymade concrete and also travelling some distance comes in to the contact of air and thereby reducing its sticking power but concerned authorities are least bothered about it as the money is not being spent from their pockets but it is tax payers money. In a live violation of rules, PWD undertook five different works worth more than 7 crores issued by PWD R&B Division 1st Jammu issued under Short e-NIT NO. CD -1/68 of 2015-16 dated 02-07-2015. The bidding documents were put in public domain by allowing the interested to visit Website http://jktendersw.gov.in from 1200 Hrs on 03-05-2015 to 10-07-2015 (1600 Hrs) and time and date of opening of tender was then fixed on 11-07-2015 by superintendent engineer PWD(R&B) Jammu-Kathua circle Jammu on 11-07-2015 which includes Providing and laying of 100mm thick wet mix Macadam, 50mm thick Bituminous Macadam, 25mm thick SDBC and 30mm thick SDBC in stretches on Kullian Khalsa Kortana Khurd road in Km 1st RD 0 to Km 7 RD 1000, Kullian to Badyal Brahmana via Jasore Katyal Badila (Length = 4.00 Kms) and providing and laying of 25mm thick OGPC on Samka Agra Chak road (Length =3.00 Kms) worth 176.33lacs.Providing and laying of 50mm thick Bituminous Macadam, 25mm thick SDBC and 30mm thick SDBC in stretches on Miran Sahib links Kotli Shah Dulla to Katyal Gate, Kotii Shah Dulla to Tanda, Talli Morh to Simbal Camp via Malikpur Sujjadpur, Brij Nagar to Boys Hr. Sec. School, Brij Nagar and TCP Kharian Main road to Electrical Transformer (Length = 5.00 Kms), I.T.I R.S. Pura to Purana Pind Chowk Ward No. 12, Daljeet Singh Chowk to Purana Pind Chowk via Hanuman Mandir, Link road to SDM Office / around Gandhi Park, Hanuman Chowk to Durga Mandir, Durga Mandir and Talli Morh, W No 4 & 5, Hanuman Chowk to Basti, Ravi Dass Mandir to Ward No. 8, Link road to CHC including link road to Doctor"s Quarters, R.S, Pura Banota up to Shani Mandir Gandhi Park to House of Mohinder Singh work worth 148.29 lacs.Providing and laying of 25mm thick SDBC over 50 mm thick Bituminous Macadam on various roads SIDCO Chowk to Bari Brahmana (L- 325 Mtrs double lane), Internal links on Bassi Kalan (L - 250 Mtr) Providing and laying of 30mm thick SDBC on various roads, Bari Brahmana Kartholi road (L - 2.60 Kms), Internal links on Bassi Kalan (L 0.80 Kms), Bishnah to Kunjwanii from Bishnah side (L -1.80 Kms), Bishnah to Kunjwani from Kunjwani side (L - 2 Kms) worth Rs 131.17 lacs, Providing and laying of 250mm thick Wet Mix Macadam, 50mm thick Bituminous Macadam and 25mm thick SDBC on CDA road (Length = 750 Mtrs) and 30 mm thick SDBC on Jeevan Nagar Murallian road in Km 1st (Length - 560 Mtrs) Providing and laying of 30mm thick SDBC on road from Satwari Airport (Length = 425 Mtrs)Providing and laying of 50mm thick Bituminous Macadam and SDBC on road from Irrigation Bund to Khandwal (Length = 2000 Mtrs) Providing and laying of 50mm thick Bituminous Macadam and SDBC on road from Hakkal to Hakkal Ashram (Length - 650 Mtrs) worth Rs 127.48 Providing and laying 30mm thick SDBC on bad stretches roads in Channi Himmat (Length-7,00 Kms) Masjid Mohalla Channi Rama and roads from NH-IA Bahu Rotary via Bahu Fort Temple including link to Shahbad colony (L-3 .00 Km) worth Rs 113.40. As per the information available, the above tender never reached Information department for the wide publicity of tender so that the interested could bid as per their knowledge and efficiency of work which is mandatory as any tender from any of the department should send their departmental tenders to Information department to ensure the proper record and transparency in spending of public money for the desirable results in favour of general public. Now the point here is when the tender was not floated, how contractors were approached and under what rule and parameters the work was allotted to them and most importantly what was the need to go through this type of procedure when well established system is in place to maintain transparency and accountability is already there in public domain. This type of undertaking of work definitely raises question mark over the working of department and it will be in interest of public whose tax payer money is at stake to go for a thorough investigation so that the motive behind this could be made public as it has seriously caused loss to exchequer as had this work been allotted through proper tendering, it could have saved more than crore which could have added in exchequer. Moreover as per the documents available, the e-tendering process was started some two months prior to dispatch after two months which proves and exposed wrong doings of highest level and which also a matter of protecting the image of department which has been in the market for bad reasons.