The registrar of the High Court has written to the Public Works Department (PWD) highlighting the shoddy work of the Judicial Academy at Uttan.
It has demanded civil and criminal action against officials involved in the project.
“It must be pointed out that inferior quality material was used in the academy building which was obviously visible to the chief architect, PWD engineers and the contractors, but surprisingly no steps were taken by them to rectify and correct errors,” said the letter written by M.A. Sayeed Registrar (Personal and Protocol), high court.
The letter dated July 20 was written to PWD Chief Engineer S.B. Tamsekar and said: “Total lethargic and casual approach was exhibited in doing the work.”
The Maharashtra Judicial Academy is a training centre for the state’s judiciary.
Spread over five hectares, the academy was built at a cost of Rs 68.95 crore by the PWD. The work on the project had started in December 2007 and was formally inaugurated on June 27 by President Pratibha Patil.
The letter states 43 instances of defects in the construction of the academy project.
Soon after the project, the chief architect Bipin Sankhe and contractors Kinjal Construction had stated that the high court (User Department) was putting pressure on them for extra work.
The letter clarifies that the department had not presurrised the contractors.
The letter also states that on the day of the inauguration, that was presided over by President Pratibha Patil, an attempt was made to interrupt the function by disrupting the supply of electricity for some time.
“Considering the gravity of the matter, the state government should take civil and criminal action against the erring officers,” the letter states.
M.A. Sayeed Registrar (Personal and Protocal) high court refused to comment.
Government officials confirmed that they had got a letter but they had taken remedial actions to rectify the mistakes.
“The letter was sent in the heat of the moment as the inauguration date was approaching. However we have taken remedial steps to sort out the problems,” PWD Chief Engineer SB Tamsekar said.