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ACC finds 11 points of corruption at Wasa

  • Published at 06:07 pm July 18th, 2019
File photo of Dr Md Mozammel Haque Khan Collected

The ACC has made 12 recommendations to prevent such corruption

Corruption has been identified at 11 points of the Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa), according to Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Commissioner Dr Md Mozammel Haque.

The ACC commissioner made the comment while addressing reporters after submitting a report on corruption in Wasa to Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Md Tajul Islam on Thursday.

The ACC is preparing reports on a total 25 institutions of the government, and this was the 14th such report, Dr Md Mozammel Haque said.

"An excess of Tk52 crore has been shown in a Tk521 crore project in Mirpur. This irregularity has been conducted in coordination with the contractor. An excess of Tk552 crore has also been shown in the Dhaka metropolitan water collection project," he added.

The ACC commissioner further said the Sayedabad Water Filtration Project will not be completed within its projected completion time of 2020, and ACC investigation has found that these projects were allegedly assigned to the preferred contractors of certain Wasa officials.

In addition, a number of Wasa officials and staff members collect bills without working overtime, the ACC commissioner said.

The information was found through inspection of Wasa’s annual report and media reports, as well as through the ACC’s own investigation. The ACC has also made 12 recommendations to prevent such incidents of corruption, Dr Md Mozammel Haque added.

Regarding the report, Minister Md Tajul Islam said: "We will not tolerate corruption. We have taken this ACC report into account. If any government officials or staff members are involved in this corruption, we will punish them."