Government to attach MD JKPCC

DAMAGE TO ASSEMBLY COMPLEX

Jammu, Dec 17: The Government today decided to attach Managing Director Jammu and Kashmir Project Construction Corporation (JKPCC) M M Gupta.
Official sources told Greater Kashmir that the decision of the attachment was taken at the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
The meeting took serious note of the damage caused to the historical building,  housing Legislative Assembly Secretariat, in Jammu.
Sources said the Cabinet was of the opinion that the JKPCC, which is constructing new building of Assembly just behind the existing structure was responsible for the damage.
Sources said that decision on Gupta’s attachment was taken at the meeting today, but it was decided that the formal order would be issued tomorrow (Tuesday).
Chief Engineer R&B Kashmir will get additional charge, sources added.
When contacted, the officials remained tight-lipped over the development.
“I am in Delhi right now and have no knowledge about the order,” said Commissioner Secretary R&B Tanveer Jahan.
Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister B B Vyas also expressed ignorance, while Commissioner Secretary GAD Mushtaq Ahmed was not available for comment.
Meanwhile, sources said that the Government decided to wait for the report of a New Delhi-based technical team before taking any decision with regard to the conduct of budget session in the existing Assembly Complex, which suffered partial damage.
Official sources said that the Cabinet discussed the issue and the interim report submitted by a probe panel, constituted by the Government. “The cabinet was concerned about the safety of the historical complex and the uncertainty the incident has created over the conduct of the budget session”, said a cabinet minister, preferring not to be named.
He said that the meeting, however, decided to wait for the technical panel report before taking any final decision. “We will wait for the report and then decide on whether the Assembly Secretariat is to be shifted or not,” the minister said.
The historic Legislative Assembly building suffered damage on December 10.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 17 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 17 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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