‘I am being victimized for political reasons’
Srinagar, May 13: Though remaining in news for wrong reasons is nothing new for Dileep Thusoo, the Managing Director of J&K Project Construction Corporation (JKPCC), in the latest incident he has thrown the rules to the wind to accommodate a “blue-eyed” contractor.
Sources told KNS that the JKPCC had verbally allotted the construction of Kangripora Bridge in Khansahib area of Budgam district to one Omar Shah, a piece worker in 2009 for initial estimated cost of Rs 4.5 crore. “The piece worker completed the work in 2013. However, as the flood of September 2014, washed off the approach roads to the bridge the government decided to expand the bridge instead of building the new road. The estimated cost was Rs 3.5 crore and the work was allotted to the same piece worker who had done the earlier contract,” they said.
The controversy, he said, erupted in 2015 after a ruling PDP MLC asked Thusoo to stop the work on the bridge and allot it to his “favourite” contractor. “The work was stopped in late 2015 and after the piece worker approached the concerned authorities with his plea he was allowed to resume the work in early 2017. Fuming PDP MLC approached the Chief Minister and ensured a call to the MD from the CM’s office asking him to allot the work to the blue-eyed contractor after which the earlier contractor was again barred from carrying the work,” he claimed.
The aggrieved piece worker told KNS that he has completed 95 percent of the work and was being punished just for political reasons. “I had suggested to the MD that the remaining work may be put to tenders as per the recent directions of administrative department and the Hon’ble High Court. He played dilly-dally tactics and to my shock asked the concerned SHO to stop me from carrying the legal work to accommodate the blue-eyed contractor,” he claimed.
Appealing the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Works Minister Nayeem Akhtar to intervene in the issue, Shah said, “I have invested huge amount of money and time in the project and at the last minute I am being denied my due. I hope Mehbooba ji will do justice with me and ask the MD to go as per the laws.”
When contacted, Managing Director (MD) JKPCC, Dileep Thusoo feigned ignorance about the issue. “I am presently in Doda and don’t know anything about this issue,” he told KNS as the line got disconnected.
Repeated attempts to contact him again proved futile. (KNS)