Jalandhar: Vigilance Bureau initiates inquiry in Rs. 358 crores Smart City Scam, high profile officers on radar

The aspects that will be covered by the Vigilance Bureau during an inquiry will be paid bills, quality of the work done and pending projects.

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The Vigilance Bureau has started its inquiry related to the scam going on under the smart city project. Reportedly, the scam going on in the name of this project amounts to Rs. 358 crores.

As the inquiry has been initiated by the Vigilance Bureau, many higher officials are now under its radar. It is coming up through the inquiry that a scam has been done in the name of parks renovation, LEDs, etc.

The scam came to the fore in the very starting and has had a lot of limelight from the time the AAP government has come to the power.

Finally, the inquiry by the VB has been started, though it is at its preliminary stage, soon the whole matter will be resolved and strict actions will be taken against the people responsible for it.

Jalandhar Vigilance Bureau has stated that it will conduct the inquiry properly and will check every aspect of the Smart City Project.

The aspect that will be covered by the Vigilance Bureau during an inquiry will be paid bills, quality of the work done and pending projects.

The following are the points that have made a suspicion that a scam is going on under this project.

Bio Mining- around 8 lakh metric tons of bio-mining waste was to be eliminated through biological method at the Variana Dump. The construction agency was not even able to complete its civil work while the former commissioner, Karnesh Sharman purchased machinery worth Rs. 1.5 crores a year ago. The machine is now in the workshop like a showpiece. In the end, the vehicles of the corporation are forced to collect the garbage.

LED- 72 thousand LED lights have been installed in a 50-crore project of LED lighting. An investigation was being carried out in this regard of where did the old 57,000 lights go after being removed. After this, the company deposited Rs. 30 lakhs for the old lights. The counting of LED lights also went wrong, also lights were not installed in 11 villages as per the agreement.

Beautification of 11 chowks- the work of beautifying 11 chowks was to be done with 21 crores. Around crores of rupees were spent for the same but still, the condition of the chowks is in poor condition. As the work done was unsatisfactory, so the work was stopped after payment of 8 crores. The chowks involved in this scam are Workshop chowk, Kapurthala chowk, Ramananda Chowk, Ravidas Chowk, Dr. BR Ambedkar Chowk, Guru Nanak Mission Chowk, Guru Amardas Chowk, Doaba Chowk and Shri Ram Chowk.

5 smart roads- the five smart roads are being constructed for Rs. 50.29 crores. Storm sewer lines will also be laid along with this. These roads that have been constructed are DAV college to Sabzi Mandi, Workshop Chowk to Kapurthala Chowk and Kapurthala Chowk to Naya cut. But, the condition near Kapurthala Chowk is horrible and worth questioning.

C&D west plant- a C&D waste processing plant has been constructed at the Gurdaipur for making interlocking tiles from the rubble. The plant has been constructed in the smart city with Rs. 2.78 crores but, it is not in working condition due to the non-availability of an electricity connection.

The Vigilance has summoned all the files related to the investigation which included payment of different bills, pending work and quality of work. The investigation has been confirmed by SSP Vigilance.