Two PWD engineers among five charged with corruption

JAIPUR: The Rajasthan anti-corruption bureau () has filed a case against two PWD engineers, two former engineers and a private contractor in connection with the sub-standard renovation work of road.
According to the FIR filed by ACB, the renovation work of a 24km-long section of the highway was done by PWD in 2013. But the renovated road failed to survive the first rains and was damaged in the downpour.

PWD executive engineer Dinesh Tiwari, assistant engineer , former assistant engineer B L , former assistant engineer S M and private contractor are those named by the ACB in the FIR filed under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA).

“The ACB received a complaint in this regard in 2015. Based on PWD‘s lab test report, we have booked five persons in the case,” said an ACB official. The sleuths of ACB said that the PWD had examined the samples of the road and confirmed that the renovation work was sub-standard.

“The PWD itself found that the layer of bituminous macadam (BM) and semi-dense bituminous concrete (SDBC) that should have been 100mm to be only 62.85mm or 37.15mm less,” the official told TOI.

Apart from these, the PWD lab also found that other important specifications were absent. “We suspect the loss caused to the exchequer to be around Rs 4 crore. We are conducting the probe as per the loopholes cited in the internal technical examination carried out by the department and its experts,” said the official.

“Those named in the FIR have said that the money allocated for renovation was less than what was required. But this explanation does not hold as they have squandered public money,” said an official.

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