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LGED misappropriates money in the name of fake road repair project

  • Published at 10:16 pm October 22nd, 2014

The audit has detected an innovative way of swindling public money by the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) in Kalihati under Tangail.

The LGED under the local government ministry undertook a project to develop a 10km bituminous road showing it as an unpaved one and swindled around Tk40 lakh.

The Public Works Audit wing has detected 19 other audit objections involving over Tk143 crore and placed the report in parliament through the president.

The audit wing audited the expenditure for 2009-10 fiscal year.

The LGED in the district took the charge of looking after a paved road from Borochauna under Kalihati upzilla to Shakhipur from the Roads and Highway Department in 2005-06.

But in 2009-10, the executive engineer’s office did show a 10-km stretch of the road (9,000 metres to 10,130 metres) as unpaved and awarded the development work to a contractor.

The executive engineer spent Tk39,38,305 on the fake project.

The LGED in its reply claimed that the road was unpaved but the audit wing rejected the claim referring to the technical report of November 12, 2006 that said the road was actually previously paved.

The authorities earlier made a payment to Monir Enterprise that had constructed the road, said the audit report.

Examining the records of the LGED in Sylhet, Noakhali, Khagrachhari, Sunamganj, Norail, Feni and Chapai Nawabganj for the 2009-10 fiscal year, the audit department detected that the LGED had made bills of over Tk88 crore.

The audit wing said the LGED offices in the districts awarded contracts of works to the contractors without having adequate budgetary allocations for the infrastructural projects.

It has suggested realisation of the money from the persons responsible for the alleged misuse of the funds.

According to the parliamentary rule, the 15-member public accounts committee of parliament will discuss the audit objections and give decisions on the matter.