Krishnanagar Municipality of Kapilvastu has been found to have been negligent in the development work. It has been found that they have been negligent in the construction of roads, buildings, drains etc. within the city. Locals have complained that substandard materials are being used in the work being done under the authority of the city. There is an allegation of using bad materials in collusion with the people’s representatives, engineers and consumer committees.
Sources informed that the municipality is misusing millions of funds in the development work. According to source, there has been irregularity of lakhs of rupees in the road plan which is being maintained from Dabra Link Road in Ward No.-8 to Dayanagar.
It is reported that 551 meters long road has been repaired with 10 lakhs of municipality and public labor donations of 1 lakh 82 thousand 111 rupees and 11 lakh 82 thousand 111 rupees. Municipal sub-engineer Manish Pandey said that the road is 4.50 meters wide, 1 feet high, with soil and 15 cm thick gravel on top of the soil.
On the condition of not revealing his name, a local said that the people’s representatives have been working on the road maintenance plan. According to him, the road was constructed on this road last year with a budget of Rs 5 lakh and this time only 22 trolleys of soil and 15 trolleys of gravel have been dropped for maintenance.
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He added: “The hume pipe on the road has also been replaced with the old hume pipe in Dayanagar village. The road built in last year’s budget has been covered with light soil again and the JCB machine has been run.” He also accused them of embezzling people’s money saying that they worked together to complete the budget. He said that only 3 lakh worth of work was done on that road.
Residents of Dayanagar have said that the officials of the consumer committee are not local but from other villages. Locals say that even though there are irregularities in every construction work, the municipality does not pay attention.
The locals accused the officials of the consumer committee of the road maintenance consumer committee to sign only. The locals also complained that the rest of the construction and repair work was done by others.
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On the other hand, Municipal Engineer Pradeep Kumar Chaudhary informed that the work of the road maintenance plan has almost been completed. Stating that the site sub-engineer Manish Pandey is in charge of the road maintenance plan, he said that the names and contact numbers of the officials of the consumer committee are not known.
Engineer Pandey said that he was not aware of the estimate of the road maintenance plan and said that he would take time to see the details as he was in the field. Administrative officer Ishwari Prasad Sharma says that he does not have technical information and passes the bill based on the bill voucher after on-site monitoring.
Ram Abatar Chaudhary