SE among two PWD officials booked for graft in Gurdaspur
Additional director general of police (ADGP) BK Uppal, who is chief director of Punjab vigilance bureau, said the scam caused a pecuniary loss of around Rs 1.14 crore to the state exchequerpunjab Updated: Aug 09, 2017 19:43 IST
The Punjab vigilance bureau (VB) has unearthed a scam in Gurdaspur district regarding construction of a bridge on Uppar Bari Doab Canal (UBDC) and registered a criminal case against two PWD officials, including a superintending engineer (SE), and a contractor.
Additional director general of police (ADGP) BK Uppal, who is chief director of vigilance bureau, on Wednesday said the state government had, on July 15, 2015, allotted a Rs 1.69-crore project for construction of a bridge on UBDC near Babbehali, Gurdaspur, amounting to Sanjiv Gupta of M/s Balaji Builders, Batala. The project was to be completed within six months.
Uppal said Pathankot SE Parminder Singh Tiwana transferred the supervision of this work to executive engineer (XEN), Batala, the charge of which he was holding himself.
“In connivance with junior engineer (JE) Kamaljit Singh, the SE paid Rs 1.63 crore to Balaji Builders showing completion of construction of the bridge even as only pillars of the bridge were completed. Our probe has found that officials and the contractor connived in this scam,” Uppal said.
He said the scam caused a pecuniary loss of around Rs 1.14 crore to the state exchequer.