Rs 300 cr scam in PMGSY in Uttarakhand: BJP leader
Dehradun: A BJP leader on Friday alleged Rs 300 crore scam in PMGSY scheme in Uttarakhand and demanded a CBI probe, saying 75 of the 113 road building contracts were awarded without competitive bidding in violation of rules.
"There is a huge scam in tender allotment in Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) in Bahuguna government. Of a total of 113 mega road construction projects, 75 contracts were awarded to chosen ones close to the echelons of power on a single bid basis," BJP leader Munna Singh Chauhan told a press conference here.
"Coincidentally, one of the contractors awarded the project is also the brother-in-law of state rural development minister Pritam Singh," he said.
He also alleged 10 to 15 percent commission, which comes at Rs 50 crore, was also taken in the alleged deals.
Citing the rules laid down by National Rural Road Development Agency, the former four-time MLA who is currently a member of the BJP`s state executive said NRRDA clearly states that contracts should be awarded through competitive bidding and not on single bid basis.
Even the technical evaluation of the bids was done in a very unfair manner to oblige the chosen ones, he said.
NRRDA says one can qualify for the contract of a project only if one has done a single project of similar nature worth at least half its value earlier but in this case this rule was brazenly violated and all the projects were given to petty contractors who had repaired only roadside drains and had no experience of road construction, the BJP leader claimed.
"For instance Raigi-Kulha road in Tuni area worth Rs 2.76 crore was awarded to a contractor who had executed a much smaller project worth just Rs 19 lakh in the past," he said.
Another project worth over Rs four crore was given to a contractor who did not qualify for the contract in terms of experience, Chauhan said.
Meanwhile, the Rural Development Minister said Chauhan was levelling baseless allegations against him under a conspiracy to malign him.
"The allegations are baseless. Contracts are awarded through e-tendering which is a transparent process. They are awarded after verifying qualification and other details of bidders by departmental officials and not me. So, saying that one of my relatives was obliged is not fair," he said.
"Many of my relatives are contractors. If one of them has been awarded a contract, that does not mean it is because of me. Mentioning my name in this context shows Chauhan`s political intentions. He is conspiring to sully my image," Singh said.
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