Chief Engineer smells rat in SKIMS sewerage

SRINAGAR: The Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) being manned by two ‘ineligible’ and ‘incompetent’ persons whose tenders the authorities have been approving since 2008, has made the Chief Engineer to smell a rat in the manner various works are allotted to contractors. 

Running and operating a STP is purely a civil engineering job, however, SKIMS has been approving the tenders submitted by “Shah Electrical and Mechanical Works” consecutively for the past eight years. The company in question has reportedly no expertise in the field and is not even qualified for the job, according to the documents and the authority letter issued by the District Industries Centre.

According to the DIC documents, the company is not eligible for running an STP—it is only eligible to fabrication of pipes and pump repairing.

SKIMS floated its last tender in April 2014 and the work was sanctioned in favour of “Shah Electrical and Mechanical Works”. The contractor continues to operate the STP on extension basis while the tender actually expired in April 2015.

“In July 2015, a tender was called but it was not allotted to anyone. Five tenders were floated since then, but the allotment has gone to none, paving way for their favourite contractor to continue on extension basis,” reveal documents.

An RTI filed in this regard revealed nothing as the information given was insufficient leading to suspicion about the entire process.

Chief Engineer SKIMS, Muhammad Sultan, also smells a rat in the whole process. “Yes, the questions raised are very genuine in nature,” he said.


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