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Development projects go at snail’s pace in Madaripur

Update : 08 Mar 2015, 07:29 PM

Different development projects under the local public works department have been struggling to get pace as there is no supervision from the authorities concerned.

Consequently, the project works is going on at snail’s pace amid a great apprehension of low quality because of not having any such type of move.

Besides the under-construction projects estimated about Tk150 crore may miss the deadline as well.

The projects include Rajoir, Kalkini and Dasar police station buildings; Dattapara, Khasrhat and Vodrason  police investigation centres; Shibchar fire service station, Shibchar highway outpost, Madaripur 250-bed hospital, district jail and vocational training centre as well as Madaripur ansar VDP headquarters building.

It was learnt that the onus of Madaripur sub-divisional engineer (civil) is to supervise all local public works there, who was transferred two months back and a sub-divisional engineer (EM) was later assigned to the aforesaid post.

According to the department’s rules, a sub-divisional engineer (civil) has to take duty in case of the gap or the senior sub-assistant engineer (civil) concerned is supposed to discharge the task.

But a sub-divisional engineer (mechanical engineer) was sent there by breaking the rules, who has also no experience in the construction sector.

As a result, the aforesaid anomalies pushed the important projects into a great trouble and apprehension of delay as the new engineer is unable to take necessary decision in this regard.

Some contractors wishing not to be named said they were struggling to get vital order due to unavailability of the sub-divisional engineer (civil) and that was why the works might fail to touch the deadline.

Acknowledging the snail’s pace in the ongoing development works, Madaripur Public Works Executive Engineer Anwarul Nazrul said: “The chief engineer is aware of the disorder, who recently sent an official to the post on deputation which was later postponed. I just know that the assigned incumbent officer is a mechanical engineer.”

“Moreover, I also look over the works and sent a letter to the higher authorities seeking a sub-divisional engineer (civil) for the district,” the official went on. 

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