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‘Substandard’ material used for road project, probe demanded

‘Substandard’ material used for road project, probe demanded

Parvesh Sharma
Tribune News Service
Sangrur, August 8

With 700-meter stretch of under-construction road developing cracks in Sangrur city, locals have demanded a high-level inquiry. They have accused the Public Works Department (PWD) (B&R) of allowing the use of poor quality material.

Leader of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema today wrote to the Director General of Punjab, Vigilance Bureau (VB), and sought a high-level inquiry and strict action against officials and contractors concerned.

After receiving complaints of the alleged use of poor quality material, Cheema sent a team of senior AAP leaders to inspect the under-construction road from Mahavir Chowk to railway overbridge on the Dhuri road. The team included state general secretary Dinesh Bansal, Gurpreet Singh Aloarkh, Sandeep Kumar and Mahindar Kumar. “During inspection we found that small portions of the road have caved in at two places and officials have started patchwork to hide it. Apart from it, old tiles are being used for the construction of pavement on both sides of the road. The contractor is using two types of tiles and width of both tiles is different,” said Bansal.

He alleged that since the area falls under the constituency of PWD minister Vijay Inder Singla, he must look into the issue.

“We are also receiving complaints about the use of poor quality interlocking tiles used in the construction of roads in other parts of the city. We will inspect those roads also,” he added.

Cheema demanded strict action against PWD officials. “I have written to the DG, Vigilance, and will also take up the issue with CM Capt Amarinder Singh. The state government must take quick action and order vigilance inquiry into it,” he said.

Executive Engineer, PWD, JS Tung said they had not received any complaint in this regard.

“It’s a 700-meter stretch of road starting from Mahavir Chowk to the ROB. It is being constructed at a cost of Rs 3.19 crore. If there is any problem, locals can contact us anytime,” he added.

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