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PWD executive engineer suspended in RNPP housing project fiasco

  • Published at 04:25 pm May 22nd, 2019
File photo: Some of the multi-storey buildings at green city housing project under the Rooppur nuclear Power Plant project in Pabna Dhaka Tribune

Masudul will be attached to the PWD headquarters in Dhaka

He has been given a one-day deadline to hand over his responsibilities

Amid growing criticism of the pricing anomalies uncovered in the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) housing project, the Public Works Department (PWD) has suspended its Pabna office executive engineer (EE). 

The PWD, which is under the Housing and Public Works Ministry, took this action against Md Masudul Alam, in-charge of the Green City Housing Project in Iswardi upazila of Pabna, on Tuesday. 

A highly placed PWD official, requesting anonymity, confirmed the development, saying: “We also gave him a one-day deadline to hand over his responsibilities to our Pabna office."

Otherwise, the PWD authorities will issue a 'stand release' order against him, he said, adding that Masudul would then be attached to the PWD headquarters in Dhaka. 

Expensive furniture, overinflated transport charges

According to a news report that stirred much controversy late last week, a single pillow was bought for Tk5,957, and the cost to move that to the apartment was Tk760.

An electric stove reportedly cost Tk7,747 and the movers were paid Tk6,650 to move it upstairs from the bottom floor.

PWD executive engineer Md Masudul Alam| CollectedAn electric kettle was bought at Tk5,313, and its moving cost was Tk2,945; and an electric iron bought at Tk4,154 was moved upstairs spending Tk2,945.

The report and the lists showing the amount of money spent to purchase and move these and other household products, quickly went viral on social media and drew widespread censure from people, with many demanding inquiries and steps against reported irregularities.

PWD Chief Engineer Md Shahadat Hossain on Monday said he, too, was suspicious of the amounts of money shown spent to move household items.

“We are not sure that moving something can be this expensive,” he said.

Government launches inquiry

The government on Sunday formed two probe committees—one from the Ministry of Housing and Public Works and another from the Public Works Department— to investigate the allegations. 

Writ seeking judicial inquiry

Supreme Court lawyer, Barrister Sayedul Haque Suman, also filed a writ petition with the High Court on the same day, seeking a judicial inquiry into the allegations.