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Defunct lifeline of Bhagalpur!

Sorry Saga of Bhagalpur : administrative negligence unfolds miseries and pains for common mass


August 4th, 2018

Our Bureau/

Negligence and evading responsibility by bureaucrats could put the lives of the citizens in mess!

Rajesh Kumar, divisional commissioner, Bhagalpur castigated some ‘erring officials’ and hold them responsible for adding the miseries and plights of common mass in this silk city.

Kumar who vented his anger against his subordinates for their lackadaisical attitude, hold them responsible for compounding plights and miseries of residents here.

Rajesh Kumar, divisional commissioner, Bhagalpur.

He blamed official concerned and hold them responsible for the making problems like  NH-80 here chronical. Kumar who inspected Sultanganj and Kanwariya Path on August, 2 found many magistrates on duty were missing at the Mela areas there, expressed his annoyances over the attitude of government staffs for their indifferent attitudes in avoiding duties and responsibilities.

Kumar alleged despite of work orders awarded to the contractors over more than one year back, no work was done on the stretch of NH-80 that passes through Bhagalpur. Kumar mentioned how an  engineer concerned of the NH division who is supposed to responsible for checking quality and work progress of the contractor, given appreciation certificate to the contract for his works on that stretch. And without any work the contractor managed payment from the department with that certificate from that engineer.

Kumar who earlier inspected works on NH-80 near Bihar college of Engineering (BCE), Bhagalpur,  show caused Raj Kumar, executive engineer, NH Bhagalpur division, who earlier given wrong report on August 1 and asked him to reply within 24 hours. “I don’t have any reply from the executive engineer till now. It’s a serious offence, we are probing the nexus of such erring officials with contractors. No one responsible for such act would be spared, the issue is directly attached with public interest, criminal proceedings would be initiate against such erring officials soon,” he said. Kumar expressed his serious concerned over the recent death of a young lady with her child inside her womb when she in advanced labored pain was on way to JLNMC hospital but could not reach as the auto on which she was traveling trapped in road jam near Bihar agricultural University, Sabour on NH-80.

Palak Enterprises, a private construction company was awarded work order of the 31 stretch of NH-80 from Sabour to Ramjanipur on July 2017. The company had already taken Rs 19 crore without any work. “Now question raise when the NH division has the provision to have  responsible official like the executive engineer to supervise the works of the contractor, how the contractor managed to taken out the huge amount even without any work for the last one year,” Kumar pointed out.

Rajkumar, executive engineer, NH, Bhagalpur division was not available. Superintendent engineer, NH, Bhagalpur division, Lakshmi Narayan Singh was also not available and sources from his office said that Singh was busy with the ongoing repair  works on the stretch of NH-80 here.

Temporary repairing however started on NH-80.

Divisional commissioner, Bhagalpur who inspected the Shravani Mela at Sultanganj on August 2, order to hold the salary of 4 government officials who were deployed at Sultanganj Mela duty but were absconding when he (the commissioner) visited Sultanganj. “I found the senior officials who were assigned to look after their subordinates deployed in Mela duty, failed to ececute their duties too. He said instruction has been given to cover the river Ghatas at Sultanganj with sands as it get slippery and posing potent threat to the pilgrims. One Kanwariya already died while falling on the slippery river Ghat and the former state minister, Tejprapat Yadav recently lambasted state government for the dangerous slippery river Ghats at Sultanganj when he arrived there for taking holly Ganga Jal before proceeding to Deoghar to worship Lord Baidhyanath.

“Bhagalpur already witnessed Srijan episode in which crores of government money was drained out and the officials concerned remained unware. The incident subsequently derailed development of Bhagalpur and the residents became the worst sufferers,” pointed out Santhosh Kumar, a resident here.

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