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Probe on Rooppur housing project extended by a month

  • Published at 04:03 pm May 29th, 2019
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File photo: Some of the multi-storey buildings at green city housing project under the Rooppur nuclear Power Plant project in Pabna Dhaka Tribune

They had been given seven days to submit their probe report

The two probe committee—formed over the alleged graft in the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) housing project—have been given another 30 working days to submit their probe report. 

Additional Secretary Md Maniruzzamanm—who is heading the ministry's four-member probe team—said on Wednesday that they got an extension of 30 days to investigate the scam more thoroughly.

When asked about the investigation so far, he said: “We cannot reveal anything, as there is still a lot to be investigated.

Maniruzzaman added that it would not be fair to comment on the allegations brought against such a massive project.

Additional Chief Engineer and Head of the Public Works Department (PWD)'s three-member probe body, Md Mainul Islam, also attested to having received a 30-day extension.

However, he declined to comment on the matter. “We are working hard to dig out the ins and outs of the scam.”

The committees were formed on May 19, three days after a media outlet reported on cost-related anomalies in the housing project Green City of the RNPP project in Pabna.

The report stirred controversy, drawing harsh criticism from all quarters. 

Both of the committees were given seven workdays within which to submit their findings.

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.

Several PWD officials including its Chief Engineer Md Shahadat Hossain, too, expressed their doubt over the moving costs, but they defended the costly furnishing articles. 

On May 22, the PWD withdrew its Pabna office executive engineer, Md Masudul Alam, who was in charge of the housing project. He was later attached to the PWD headquarter in Dhaka. 

According to the report, the purchase prices of various household articles, used to furnish the RNPP project apartments, were higher than market prices. The moving costs were also abnormally high.

It said one pillow was bought at Tk5,957, and it cost Tk760 to move it to the apartment, while an electric stove reportedly cost Tk7,747 and the movers were paid Tk6,650 to move it from the bottom floor to upstairs.

Moreover, an 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 at a cost of Tk2,945.