Reyaz Rashid

ACB books Beacon, construction company for sub-standard macadamization of nat’l highway in Bla

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Baramulla: The Anti-Courruption Bureau has registered a case against Beacon authorities and proprietors of M/s Mirza Infrastructure Builders, Nowgam, Srinagar, for laying sub-standard macadam on the national highway from Kitchama to Baramulla in this north Kashmir district.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) registered an FIR against gross violations committed by Beacon authorities in the execution of work of allotted vide work order No.01 dated 03-08-2020 to M/S Mirza Infrastructure Builders.

In a statement issued here, ACB said that the registration of the instant case is the outcome of Joint Surprise Check (JSC)  conducted by ACB into the allegations of laying substandard macadam on the highway in Pattan town area and Baramulla town (from Kitchama to Baramulla) by BEACON authorities.

The ACB said that during JSC, it was found, that the macadam work executed at various locations has been completely damaged, and there was shortfall in thickness of macadam laid on the said road. “Physical inspection of the thickness of macadam also does not correlate with the ones shown executed by the concerned agency in their records,” the ACB said.

It said the quality of macadam laid on the said road was also not up to the mark and substandard material has been used.

The tentative loss to the tune of Rs 72.95 lakh (approx.) on account of shortfall of macadam quantity has been found during check, the ACB said.

It said the omissions and commissions on the part of concerned officers/officials of 53 Road Construction Coy (GREF) Uri, and proprietor of M/S Mirza Infrastructure Builders, constituted offences punishable U/S 7, 13(1) (a) r/w section 13(2) of Prevention Corruption Act 1988.

In this regard, a case (FIR No. 07/2021) was registered at Police Station ACB Baramulla.

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