JAMMU: A major multi-crore scam came to fore when a Jammu based construction company took over Jammu Srinagar National Highway project for carrying out execution of 36 Km stretch from Ramban to Banihal. The takeover of the project was necessitated as the Hindustan Construction Company Ltd (HCC) abandoned it after withdrawing Rs 330 crore from National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) though the job done accounted for only Rs 265 crore.
How more funds were made available to the Mumbai based company for comparatively lesser work executed remains a million dollar question. Seeking CBI probe into the alleged fraud, a Jammu based company Choudhary Power Projects Pvt Ltd (CPPPL) has detected that Rs 65 Crore have been paid in excess to the Mumbai based company HCC for incomplete work.
According to sources, Rs 65 Crore excess money has been drawn after Rodic-a company which gives authenticity report to NHAI gave a green signal to NHAI to make the payment amounting to Rs 330 Crore to the HCC notwithstanding the fact that work done on ground was just for Rs 265 crore.
The CPPPL which has been allotted the contract for Jammu Srinagar National Highway for the 36 km stretch from Ramban to Banihal chainage (151 km to 187 km) had deployed engineers to measure the work done on the spot and detected the over drawl of bills. Consequently, the CPPPL stopped the allotted work and warned the NHAI that in case of land slides in the stretch or the highway getting disrupted due to any other reason, the sole responsibility will lie upon the HCC. With the detection of this scam, Rs 2,100 crore Ramban-Banihal highway project is likely to get delayed again as the new company has asked the NHAI to fix the responsibility of HCC. Not only this, HCC had earlier also entered into an agreement of Rs 400 crore with another company, Ashapura Roadlines of Gujarat simultaneously signing new MoU with CPPPL for the same work. “How a company like HCC can take government on a ride and delay the construction on this important road link? Asked residents of Ramban who are facing hardships due to dilapidated road condition especially on account of approaching rainy season. STATE TIMES has accessed details of excess payments made to HCC. The payments were made through 22 bills. The excess payments have been made in Hill Side protection, RRM pending works, culvert, tunnel, north bound excavation and south bound excavation. All these works which were already claimed by HCC still comes under balance scope of work.
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