Published On : Fri, Jul 17th, 2015

HC notice to W’ganga Express-Way and Artefact Project Ltd



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: Wainganga Express Way Private Limited, M/s Artefact Project Limited and National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) have been slapped notices by Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court for their involvement in the alleged scam in Nagpur-Wainganga four-lane construction on National Highway (NH)-6. The notices have been slapped on the basis of PIL filed by Lalsingh Thakur, the state secretary of Akhil Bhartiya Manavadhikar Nigarani Samiti, and it was heard on July 15, 2015 by the division bench comprising Justice Bhushan Gawai and Justice Indira Jain. The respondents have been asked to furnish replies within four weeks.

According petitioner Thakur, the respondent companies have been entrusted the work of construction of four lane under NHAI development programme on the basis of design, build, finance, operate and transport. While the construction work was going on, survey engineer S S Bedi found that the construction was being done in violation of norms. He had pointed out it in his report, yet the senior officers did not pay heed to the pointed out anomalies and sanctioned the work to be done. As a result the road went down by 1.09 metre. When the Artefact Project was informed about it, its project director said that the entire work would be re-examined.

Thakur alleged that he had written letters on December 6, 2013 to both the companies but none of them have taken any action in this regard so far. It implies that wrong construction of roads is dangerous for their users and under- prescribed-norms-construction speaks itself of corruption in crores of rupees.