'R&B deptt executes 30 works without tenders'
Officials Pass Buck On ‘Political Intervention’
Srinagar, Oct 31: In blatant violation of norms, the Roads and Buildings (R&B) department has carried out 30 works worth Rs 69 lakh without floating tenders in the current season.
The information revealed through the Right to Information Act, stated that the works were executed in R&B’s right river circular division in Srinagar alone. The works ranging from Rs 45000 to 10 lakhs have been undertaken in several places within the City.
“The works without tenders were executed during 2011 till September,” said Executive Engineer Right River circular Division Srinagar in reply to RTI application filed by Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat, who heads the J&K RTI Movement, a non-government organization.
Bhat had sought information on the list of works executed in the division without inviting the tenders. The list of works, a copy of which lies with Greater Kashmir stated that the works were carried out without tenders owing to the “political and official intervention of higher-ups.”
“The works have been taken up for execution as per the orders, instructions of higher authorities, MLAs and pressing demands of public from various corners,” the Executive Engineer stated.
A senior Engineer in the department disclosed that practice of works without tendering has been going on for long due to political pressures and compulsions.
“No formalities are being followed in such cases. Responsibility shouldn’t be fixed on Ministers or MLAs only. Engineers as well are responsible for it. Hardly any inspection is carried out to check the quality of works,” officials wishing anonymity said.
Incidentally, this newspaper has already reported that 2000 works were undertaken by R&B in Jammu and Kashmir divisions without tenders. Among them, 1100 works were undertaken in Jammu while 900 have been carried out in Kashmir division. Following this expose, the Government had assured probe against the “wrongdoing”. However, the investigations are yet to be made public.
The RTI applicant, Dr Muzaffar had sought information with PWD (R&B) Civil Secretariat last month about the action taken against the allotment of works without tenders. However, he said that despite passing of more than one and a half month the department is yet to furnish the information to him.
“I have filed a complaint in State Information Commission (SIC) against R&B authorities for not providing information,” he said.
Minister for R&B Javed Dar said that he has no information regarding the matter. “I have got no information about it. I just came to know about it through you. We will initiate departmental inquiry about any such case. Either we attach or suspend the accused officials,” Dar said.
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