Third PWD fraud worth crores detected in Haryana’s scam city in a year

After sensational frauds reported at Ambala yet under investigation which include construction of International standard football stadium inside War Heroes Memorial Stadium Ambala Cantt and construction of Mini Secretariat at Ambala City by the officers of Public Works Department now the twin city also known as ‘Scam City’ has witnessed third sensational scam worth crores of rupees in a year detected in construction of Government Homeopathy College cum 100 Beds hospital at village Chandpura near Ambala. Earlier, a six members committee under Chief Engineer was constituted to investigate embezzlements in both projects and submit a report to the government for further action.

Now another fraud worth crores of rupees in construction of building for proposed Homeopathy College cum 100 Beds hospital the first in the state on 11 acre area with project cost worth Rs 37 crore at village Chandpura near the town, the foundation of which was laid in December 2020 but construction of the project remained hanging for one reason or other mainly due to epidemic outbreak COVID-19. The audit department has now detected fraud worth crores of rupees in this project in which payment of bills of value about Rs six crore for procurement of soil and steel (Iron Saria) alleged released to the supplier without receiving the material and now accounts department has identified recovery for the amount from the firm supplied goods.

Project for developing first Homeopathy Colleges & 100 Beds Hospital in the state along with construction of hostel accommodation for students and residential flats for the doctors and staff inside the complex was finalized by Home and Health Minister Anil Vij. Earlier, Sukhbir Singh SE PWD (B&R) constituted five members committee comprising of Executive Engineer, two Assistant Engineers and two Junior Engineers for technical investigation in the case which observed large number of embezzlements in alleged scam in procurement of soil and ‘saria’ and payment was released to supplier without receiving the material and the report submitted to the government.

According to information, Homeopathy Medical College cum 100 Beds hospital was scheduled to be developed in Haryana state at Mangloi for which nearly 11 acre land was also approved and on-line foundation of building was also laid on January 12, 2019 but construction could not be started and in the mean time project site was changed to Chandpura near Ambala where state government had planning to develop milk dairies project which was dropped when residents of the area strongly opposed.