Memorial scam: EOW notice to 100 engineers
The Economic Offence Wing probing into the irregularities committed in the construction of the memorials and parks during Mayawati regime has issued notices to 100 engineers. HT reports.lucknow Updated: Oct 30, 2012 16:09 IST
The Economic Offence Wing (EOW) probing into the irregularities committed in the construction of the memorials and parks during Mayawati regime has issued notices to 100 engineers including the former MD of Rajkiya Nirman Nigam (RNN) CP Singh and former engineer-in-chief of Public Works Department, T Ram.
A senior EOW officer said, notices have been issued to the engineers of RNN, PWD, LDA, Awas Vikas and Mining department involved in the memorial construction scam. The engineers have been told to appear in the EOW office along with the documents as well as vouchers of the materials used in the construction of the memorials. The engineers would be grilled and their statement will be recorded”.
The state government has ordered Lokayukta probe into the irregularities committed in the construction of the memorials and parks. The EOW was directed to assist the Lokayukta in the probe.
Talking to HT the Lokayukta, Justice (retd) NK Mehrotra said, “preliminary probe indicated that stone as well as other materials used in the construction of the memorials were purchased without tender”.
It was found that the contractors active in Mirzapur and Sonbhadra region formed a consortium for the mining of the stone. The licence of the majority of the contractors had lapsed still they were permitted to carry out the mining works.
On July 10, 2007 a letter was sent to the MD, Rajkiya Nirman Nigam that the state government has given approval to the mining of the pink colour stones. He was also directed to sign a contract with the Makrana (Rajasthan) based company for cutting and polishing of the stones.
After comign to power in 2007 the BSP government constructed parks and memorials where statues of dalit icons were installed. The construction work at Lucknow and NOIDA continued till the notification of the assembly election in November 2011.