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DC Kishtwar initiates enquiry
Failure of lift water supply
5/26/2018 11:27:04 PM
Asif Iqbal Naik

Early Times Report

Kishtwar, May 26: Taking a strong note of the reports of poor functioning of lift water supply scheme in District Kishtwar, Deputy Commisoner Angrez Singh Rana today ordered an indepth enquiry into the non -functioning of water lift supply Scheme to be conducted by ADDC Kishtwar.
During the summer season Kishtwar town and Mandal area face shortage of water.
The DC visited and inspected the lift water supply scheme and found that the lifts are not working and the water being pumped is not pumped upward flow.
"It seems that the officers/officials at the helm of affairs are not performing their legitimate duties well and it is only because of their grave negligence the lifts are not functioning properly," the order of DC reads.
Meanwhile, keeping in view the negligence of the staff posted for the proper working and functioning of the lifts, the Additional District Development Commissioner is directed to conduct an indepth enquiry into the matter and recommend the penalties against the erring officers/officials if found any for committing negligence in performing their legitimate duties under rule 128 of CSR. The enquiry officer shall submit report by or before 5th of June 2018. It is pertinent to mention that in an open loot and misuse of government exchequer, the hydraulic division Kishtwar had spent Rs. 1.85 Crore on repair/augmentation of HRT lift water supply scheme while Rs. 315183 were spent on the name of permanent restoration of Gravity Main of Naigard , Lalha Water Supply Kishtwar town and WSS Palmar, but despite spending such huge amount on the said water supply scheme within few years of its commission has raised several doubts on the utilization of these funds as Kishtwar town and its vicinity is continuously facing the water crises on daily bases.
As per the official documents available with "Early Times", out of allotted budget of Rs. 4.47 lakhs under Demand No. 23-PHE, H.O.D-01-CE PHE Jammu, Group Head -0011 (State Sector Capex Budget), Sub Head -1002 PHE department Jammu, the Hydraulic Division Kishtwar spent Rs.315183 as progress expenditure for permanent restoration of Gravity Main of Naigard , Lalha Water Supply Kishtwar town and WSS Palmar.
Similarly under same head the Hydraulic Division Kishtwar spent Rs. 99 lakhs on account of augmentation of 3 stage lift water Supply scheme for abandoned HRT of Dul Hasti Project of Kishtwar Town for the session ending 3/2017 and another Rs. 86.07 lakhs were also spent on the same during the same period and thus total an amount of Rs. 1.85 Crore were spent on the prestigious water supply scheme last year. Beside this an amount worth lakhs of rupees had been withdrawn on account of tanker services which itself is a mass scale nexus in the department wherein the officer concern has diverted the water tax collection money for the payments made to private tanker owners.
After unearthing the spending of Rs. 1.85 Crore on repairing of 3 stage water lifting scheme in Kishtwar by the hydraulic division Kishtwar without yielding any fruitful results, the Early Times also get the access to more documents pertains to spending of funds worth lakhs of rupees on the restoration and maintenance of the various water supply schemes in Kishtwar District.
As per the official documents available with "Early Times" Hydraulic Division Kishtwar spends whopping Rs. 139.168 lakhs on various water supply schemes, mostly falling in Kishtwar constituency represented by BJP MLA and Power Minister Sunil Sharma.
The documents reveals that Rs. 11 lakhs were spent on 6 water supply schemes during the year ending March 2017 under MH 4215-NRDWP viz WSS Sazar (1 lac), WSS Kishtwar Town (2 lakhs), WSS Janglwar Deldan Nallah (1.5 lakhs), WSS Jangalwar Kuttan Nallah (2 lakhs), WSS Cheera Thatri (2.5 lakhs) and WSS Bhagna (2 lakhs) and all the funds were utilized under civil labor quota.
Similarly Rs. 49.685 lakhs were spend on 14 different water supply schemes under similar head viz WSS Kadail (3-146 lakhs), WSS Chicha Dachhan (2.606 lakh), WSS Gulabgarh (3.213 Lakhs) , WSS Palmar (4.016 Lakhs), WSS Dool (3.410 lakhs), WSS Mandal (5.910 lakhs), WSS Dachla Damji (4.910 lakhs), WSS Massu Garh (3.213 lakhs), WSS Atholi (4.016 lakhs), WSS Mawar Palmar (4.213 lakhs), WSS Brounses Zernan (2.410 lakhs), WSS hari Malhar-II (2.803 lakhs), WSS Kharnar Trigam (3.213 lakhs) and WSS Lovemargi Tunder (2.606) which include Rs. 34.585 lakhs under Civil Labour component and Rs. 15.100 lakhs under PHE Mechanical Procurement Division Material head.
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