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Bridge to Dzongu missing between two pillars, BJP claims massive misuse of public money in NEC funded Gour bridge project

Atul Patankar

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As reported at voiceofsikkim.com on October 23, 2009


GANGTOK, October 23: In its latest ‘Bhandaphor’ episode, State BJP unit today came forward with RTI documents claiming of misuse of Rs. 4.95 crore in an apparently abandoned multi span steel bridge project over Teesta river at Gour, Dzongu in North Sikkim.

As per the claims of BJP here, only two pillars have been erected in the project in the past two years that had been sanctioned at a cost of Rs. 4.9 crores resulting in wastage of public money. The fund for the bridge had been sanctioned by the North Eastern Council (NEC) and the people here have been taken for a ride, said BJP alleging massive misuse of public money.

Out of the total sanctioned fund, a sum of Rs. 4.3 crores have been allegedly utilized by the contractor who has only two cement pillars on both sides of the river to show leaving one to wonder how the bridge will ever come up with the remaining funds left.

As per the sign board posted along the site, the project started on January 21, 2006 and date of completion is January 21, 2007.

Interestingly, the cost of the sign board has been shown as Rs. 15,000 while a sum of Rs. 5.5 lakhs has been shown utilized for consultancy fees! To top it off, a sum of Rs. 10.8 lakhs have been shown utilized as contingency expenditure as per the documents provided to BJP.

The concerned department has already paid 90 percent of the costs while in reality, it looks that the 90 percent of the works still remain for the completion of the bridge, claimed BJP.

State BJP vice president Padam Chettri told the media that he will be taking up the issue of misuse of Central schemes by the State government with the national leaders and the concerned Ministry. The Centre should not give a free hand to the State government to misuse the public money and make Sikkim a den of corruption, he said.

“The Centre and DoNER should keep proper tab on the implementation of the government schemes here,” said Chettri promising to serially expose the other bridges ‘constructed only in paper’ in the State.


Source: Bridge to Dzongu missing between two pillars, BJP claims massive misuse of public money in NEC funded Gour bridge project | Sikkim News – World Wide Press Release

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