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Irregularities seen in development projects

Himalayan News Service

A press conference being organised at Martyrs’ Park in Chandrapur Municipality, Rautahat, on Monday, December 10, 2018. Photo: THT

Rautahat, December 10

An inquiry set up to investigate alleged irregularities in development projects run in Chandrapur Municipality, Rautahat,  last fiscal has established that irregularities did happen in most of the projects.

A five-member probe committee was formed under the coordination of Jung Bahadur Ghalan after a dispute arose over expenses for the development projects in the last fiscal.

The committee has reckoned that various irregularities such as use of sub-standard materials had taken place.

The report made public in the presence of town assembly members stated that irregularities happened in a majority of 1000-plus development projects implemented in the last fiscal.

“There were all sorts of irregularities such as use of sub-standard materials, unnecessary payments, payments in excess of the envisioned amount, lack of public hearing on the expenses of the projects, and the likes,” said Ghalan.

“A case in point, the actual cost of gravelling the road in the Muslim Tole in Ward 4 stood at 57,500 rupees, but against this reality, the cost was inflated and 130,000 rupees was released for the project,” Ghalan informed, demanding action against those involved in the irregularities.

On his part, Chandrapur Municipality Mayor Ramchandra Chaudhary said the municipality would write to the bodies concerned to initiate action against the guilty once his office formally received the report.

 


A version of this article appears in print on December 11, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.


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