Acknowledging the complaint of right to information (RTI) activist Rajiv Vashisht into the alleged irregularities in announcement of award and payments made to owners for land acquired for four-laning of Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur national highway, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has marked the probe to the internal audit office of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
HT investigation had indicated irregularities of around Rs 100 crore in land acquired for the widening a highway in Hoshiarpur district.
Senior audit officer PK Neelkanthan of the NHAI has confirmed the development. Vashisht had sent a copy of his complaint, along with HT reports, to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), ministry of road transport and highways and other offices, to the CAG, demanding a thorough probe in to the matter .
The senior audit officer has, through a letter on August 17, communicated to Vashisht that the department has taken cognisance of his complaint.
After the government had notified 100 acres for acquisition in 2015 to four-lane the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur-Chintpurni highway, politicians and other influential people bought the land at throwaway prices and sold it to the government at inflated rates.