Three Engineers Attached In Rs Six Cr Solar Lights Scam

Srinagar, 18 April: The Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL) attached three engineers including Executive Engineer while an inquiry has been ordered against them for withdrawing Rs 6 crores for non-existent works in Kupwara.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has reported that the Electric Division (ED) of Kupwara withdrew Rs 6 crore from the treasury for the installation of 3,600 solar street lights. However, during physical verification, no street lights were found installed.

As a result, the Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL) has attached three engineers, including an Executive Engineer, an Assistant Engineer, and a Junior Engineer, while an inquiry has been ordered against them. The Superintendent Engineer Sopore has been tasked with conducting the investigation based on the ACB’s report.

The ACB found that the ED Kupwara made an illegal payment of Rs 6.12 crore to four contractor firms without installing any solar lights. In response, the ACB has recommended that action be taken against the delinquent officials, including cancelling the tender and recovering the payments.

The AEEs and JEs of Sub Division Kupwara and Sub Division Trehgam both communicated to the Executive Engineer ED Kupwara that the allotted works were impossible to execute at the end of the financial year in just two or three days. However, the Executive Engineer ED Kupwara prepared bills for the non-existent work through unauthorized channels.

KS Webdesk

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