|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Feb 7: Shri Ram Sena, Jammu and Kashmir has demanded an enquiry into multi crores failed sewerage project in Jammu.
Addressing a press conference, Shri Ram Sena State President Rajiv Mahajan said that due to choked Nallahs and drains, the water entered into many localities causing extensive damage to the public property.
"The rain water entered many houses and shops and damaged public property including electronic gadgets,: he said adding that Sewage Treatment Plants (STP) still remains underutilised as the executing agencies have failed to connect individual households with the main sewer system.
The ambitious multi-crore underground project was started in 2007-08 and more than Rs 250 crore has been spent so far, he said and alleged that contractors engaged in laying trunk and lateral sewer lines didn't complete the work according to the blueprint.
At times, they used substandard material, which led to the collapse of underground infrastructure at several places, he added. The executing agencies, including National Building Construction Corporation, Urban Environmental Engineering Department (UEED) and ERA, he said, were slow in linking the households with the underground sewer system, leaving a huge infrastructure underutilised.
"Successive governments have failed to break politicians, engineers and contractors nexus which swindles public exchequers money without any fear of law. Conviction rate of SVO throws enough light on this aspect of corruption. Reasons are obvious, motto is to conceal more than reveal. Public has suffered enough and as such all said and done we hope under present Governor's rule this mess is sorted out at the earliest and regular maintenance of road networks is started on war footing," he said.