Vol. 4 Num 36 Wed. July 02, 2003  

Irregularities alleged in Rangamati DPHE project

Irregularities have been alleged in installing 65 ring wells and 10 tube well in slum areas in Rangamati town under the government's Slum Development Project.

The project, partly funded by Unicef, is being implemented by the Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE) in co-operation with Gorjontoli Mahila Kollyan Shamity (GMKS), a body of slum people in the town.

Sources in GMKS alleged that proper sites were not selected and some of the ring wells and tube well will become useless during dry season.

Written representation was given to the DPHE authorities in this regard, but to no effect, they alleged.

Eighty-five percent of the work has been completed.

A ring well costs TK 57,540 and a tube well TK 25000, according to DPHE engineer Dilip Chowdhury.

Besides alleged bribery, low quality materials are being used in the work, contractors involved in it claimed. Also, they have to meet demands for "extra payment" in getting their bills approved, they alleged.

When contacted, DPHE executive engineer Md Abu Khaled said the GMKS representation was replied properly.

He said the allegation of bribery is false.

"Contractors who did not get work are making the false allegations", he said.