Cement scam: Contractor had bagful of projects

Since the cement scam came to light, the projects being executed by the contractor — Sarvpriya Building Products (SBP) — have come to a halt.

Sarvpriya Building Products, blacklisted with A K Sood Engineers and Contractors for five years, was awarded contracts worth crores of rupees in the city.

The contractor has been associated with the MC for more than a decade. So far, SBP was the 'favourite' of various MC officials and awarded maximum number of projects related to roads and paver blocks.

Now, the civic body has decided to cancel the allotted projects work on which was yet to begin (see box). According to officials, projects on which work is going on, except the Sector-17 project, will stay with the contractor.

Among the bigger contracts in the kitty of SBP was upgrade of roads in Sector 17. The Rs 17-crore contract was allotted to A K Sood Engineers and Contractors, which had further leased it to SBP — this is against the guidelines of the Central Vigilance Commission. The cement allegedly pilfered by SBP was meant for this project.

"We have constituted a committee to review work in Sector 17. The officials would assess how much work has been done and accordingly, the future course of action would be decided," Municipal Commissioner Dr Roshan Sunkaria said.

Councillor Chander Mukhi Sharma said: "Officials said only 10 per cent of the work in Sector-17 had been completed. If so much cement has been stolen for 10 per cent of the work, imagine what would have happened had the work been completed."

Preliminary investigations into the scam have revealed that SBP had been taking government cement to their plant in Barwala, where paver blocks, used in projects undertaken by SBP, are constructed. Proprietor of SBP Harshwardhan is absconding.

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