Engineering staff in dock

Pampore Bitumen stores go empty, Minister aghast ; ‘Corrupt will straightaway be terminated: Altaf Bukhari

SRINAGAR: The disappearance of bitumen used for blacktopping of the roads from stores has puzzled the R&B authorities while the Minister for Roads and Buildings, Syed Altaf Ahmad Bukhari, said that whosoever was responsible for this shoddy deal shall not only be booked but straightaway terminated from their services.

Highly placed sources confirm that during the previous National Conference-Congress government, some 700 tons of bitumen disappeared from the R&B procurement section in South Kashmir’s Pampore town.

Sources added that the shortage of 700 tons of bitumen at Pampore store puzzled the Minister and officials of R&B department. As per balance book of the Procurement Section of R&B, there should have been 700 tons of Bitumen reserved in stores at Pampore but the Minister was shocked to see the stores empty. “The macadamization process is underway. The working season is very short and if bitumen is not procured at the right time, the roads of the different districts in Kashmir valley will not be macadamized,” said an official.

 “It all has happened during the previous government. It has not happened only in Kashmir but the situation in Jammu is also the same. I have directed a time bound probe. A thorough verification of physical stock is underway. No corrupt official will be spared and whosoever will be found responsible for this dirty corrupt practice will be booked and terminated from the services,” Bukhari informed. He added that department has ordered bitumen and it will arrive within one or two days. “Macadamization process will go on and we will not let it stop till every road is blocktopped,” he said.

Station House Officer Pampore, Raja Tasleem said that inquiry is going on and a formal case will be registered after complete verification of physical stock. (CNS)

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