And to ensure a free and fair investigation, the HSVP on Wednesday suspended the sub-divisional officer, who served during his tenure in the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GRI).GMDA), had allegedly certified the completion of sewer pipeline shifting work at IFFCO Chowk before the construction of a flyover at the junction.
The alleged scam came to the fore after the GMDA initiated a probe into the collapse of the retaining wall of the flyover after heavy rains last year.
It may be mentioned here that the 200-metre long pipeline was never shifted, but the contractor was paid Rs 7 crore in 2019 when the flyover was completed – work on the project to decongest the junction Two years after its launch. Both the National Highways Authority of India (chewing) and GMDA held each other responsible for the loss.
“The announcement of a high-level probe into the scam is a welcome step as I had raised the issue in the state assembly,” the Gurugram MLA said. “GMDA in its reply claimed that the project work was done by NHAI and only the payment was made later. Now action has been taken against the officer under consideration.”
In fact, soon after we broke the story, the Criminal Investigation Department of Haryana Police had asked the GMDA to “share the details of the case at the earliest”. Subsequently, the GMDA sent the SDO – Vijender Malik – back to his parent department. “He has now been suspended,” an official said.
In 2017, NHAI executed a Rs 2,000-crore project for construction of IFFCO Chowk, Signature Towers crossing and underpass and flyover. Rajiv Chowk To decongest the Delhi-Gurugram Expressway. The execution of the project also required the relocation of utilities – sewerage, water plumbing and stormwater drainage.
The GMDA was to certify the completion of the work relating to the utilities. At IFFCO Chowk, the sewer pipeline in question was to be shifted from the main carriageway to the green belt along the road. The contractor was paid by NHAI after the SDO allegedly signed the bill.
The alleged scam came to the fore after the GMDA initiated a probe into the collapse of the retaining wall of the flyover after heavy rains last year. Senior GMDA officials found that the sewer pipeline running under the flyover was never shifted, though Rs 7 crore was paid to the project contractor for this.
NHAI officials had told TOI last month that “now that the flyover project is complete, there is no scope for relocation of utilities”. “Now, we are strengthening the stretch (sewer pipeline) and connecting it with a new line,” said NHAI Project Director Construction Jambulkari said.