The Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) and the district officials locked horns over space for launching a programme to highlight the achievements of the Narendra Modi-led government on completion of its one year in office on May 26.
While the DVC officials said they could not launch the programme as space was not provided by the district
administration, SDM of Dhanbad Abhishek Srivastav told Hindustan Times that he had no information about it.
Srivastava said, “No DVC official met me regarding space for the Central government programme.”
However, senior public relations officer of DVC Vijay Kumar said, “After getting directives from Delhi, we met deputy commissioner (DC)KN Jha on May 23 for space so that the programme could be launched from May 26. The DC sent us to deputy development commissioner (DDC) for it. As DDC A K Singh was busy in municipal corporation election, he called us today (May 27) to provide space. But when we met him, he sent us to SDM who was on duty at night, so he did not come to office till 12.30pm. We cancelled the programme for the time being due to lack of space in Dhanbad.”
As per the Central government directives, the DVC has to display the achievements of the Modi-led government from May 26 to June 2 at two places in Jharkhand and one in Bengal.
The DVC management selected Bakura in Bengal and Bokaro and Dhanbad in Jharkhand. The DVC launched the programme as per schedule in Bakura and Bokaro from May 26 but in Dhanbad the DVC has yet to get space for it.
The DVC officials said they had visited the offices of several top-rung officers but they did not get space in Dhanbad to organise the programme.
A truck, carrying 79 boards and other materials, which had come from Delhi by plane via Dumdum airport to Dhanbad on Wednesday, was stranded at Lubi Circular Road near Kala Bhawan. The DVC officials took the truck to their godown at Polytechnic Road.
Some DVC officials, requesting anonymity said, “The district administration offered the indoor stadium whose rent is 35,000 per day. It is not possible for DVC to pay 2.20 lakh for six days.”