Jajpur: The executive engineer of the rural works division in that city recommended blacklisting a contractor in the district, sources said on Friday. The recommendation was forwarded to the department’s supervisor.
The decision to blacklist the contractor was taken in association with the laying of a 2.98 long road from NH-215 to the locality of Pimpal in Jajpur district. The road was being laid under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). However, the road laying work was suspended halfway.
According to a source, the work order was awarded to Bhagirathi Sahoo and his company. It was alleged that the contractor performed poor quality work. It was also alleged that the contractor attempted to trick the department for Rs 24 lakh by raising a fake invoice. Locals said the contractor’s company had an unholy connection with those responsible for the rural works division of Jajpur and Jaraka.
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Thus, the recommendation to blacklist the firm and the contractor by the official was made by a letter (N ° -2295, dtd.-19.05.2021) to the chief engineer, PMGSY.
In particular, the road works have been suspended for almost three years now. It started on June 7, 2018 at an estimated cost of Rs 121.34 lakh and was due to be completed in June 2019. However, to date around 19% of the total work has been completed, said executive engineer Bijay Moharana. .