Rs 2.9 cr spent on Sangrur ponds, Oppn cries fraud - ECAS Punjab

Rs 2.9 cr spent on Sangrur ponds, Oppn cries fraud

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Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, August 13

The Opposition parties have alleged overspending and the use of substandard material in converting 84 village ponds into water treatment plants (WTP) in the district. The administration had spent Rs 2.9 crore to renovate ponds as per the Seechewal model.

'Have evidence'

The authorities had spent only 50 per cent of the said amount. I will take up the matter with the higher authorities with evidence and demand a high-level inquiry. - Parkash Chand Garg, SAD Leader

Apart from installing WTP in 84 villages, the administration had dewatered 676 ponds and desilted another 264 ponds. The ponds were restored to store rainwater, which would be used for irrigation and daily needs of villagers.

Ramvir, Deputy Commissioner, said: "By increasing the depth of the pond, the problem of waterlogging in drains and low-lying houses around the ponds has been resolved."

However, Shiromani Akali Dal leader and former Sangrur legislator Parkash Chand Garg alleged that the authorities had used substandard material and produced fake bills to embezzle government funds. "The authorities had spent only 50 per cent of the said amount. I will take up the matter with the higher authorities with evidence and demand a high-level inquiry," said Garg.

Senior AAP leader Avtar Ealwal also demanded a thorough probe. "I have visited many villages and in almost every village, residents are openly alleging that officers have misappropriated funds," he claimed.

Ranjit Singh Shergill, Executive Engineer, Panchayat Department, denied the allegations. He said: "We have utilised the funds in a transparent manner and installed WTP in 84 villages with high quality material."



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