Work on the College Eidgah diploma comes to a screeching halt

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Body of engineers accuses college principal of ‘disrupting’ work and suspending payment to contractor

Srinagar- Work on Government Degree College (GDC) Eidgah came to a screeching halt after the government appointed nodal officer allegedly refused to release payment for sanctioned work.

According to officials, work on GDC, Eidgah has been halted in the past 10 days due to non-cooperation from Senior Government College Nawakadal Dr.Tabassum Rafiq, the government appointed nodal officer.

“Despite technical and administrative sanctions, Principal GDC Nawakadal withheld payment for the construction of GDC Eidgah,” said a PWD engineer, requesting anonymity.

“The estimate for the project is Rs. 2 crore and the government through the said principal has already disbursed a payment of Rs 50 lakhs but the further payment has been stopped by the nodal officer despite the fact that our superintendent engineer has already submitted the required documents needed to disburse the payment.”

The visibly upset engineer, who is dealing with the construction of the educational institute, further added that despite the demands, the “absurdity” of the principal forced the contractor to stop the works due to lack of funds.

“It has been more than 10 days since the work at the university was stopped by the contractor. His work depends on this money. The Principal does not know that these funds are the only thing the entrepreneur is working for. He has to pay his workers and other staff,” he said.

“In theory, if payment is not made this month, the project deadline will be missed. And if the deadline is missed, the contractor and the PWD will be blamed by the government,” said the engineer, adding that the director scoffs at the government’s development idea for Kashmir.

However, Principal Tabassum Rafiq refuted the allegations of deliberate withholding of payments.

“Despite repeated requests, PWD engineers failed to submit the original documents required for payment,” the principal said. Kashmir Observer.

“They only submitted photocopies of the documents, that too, without the signature of the executive engineer. Even the building proposal is not submitted. And there are no details about the technical control by a third party How can I release a payment without confirming the veracity of the proposal?” she says.

However, department engineers accused the director of lying.

“We have already submitted these documents to his junior, Dr. Javid,” said another engineer in the department.

“She still asks for the Certificate of Use (CU), but this certificate is only issued after a project is completed. This certificate is used by the lead organization to verify the use of funds. How can we issue UC while the project is still in phase one? »

Talk to Kashmir Observer, Principal Secretary of the Department of Higher Education Rohit Kansal said, “I will look into the issue and sort it out after Eid.”

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