Standoff between ministries over poor construction of ITBP post, CVC begins investigation

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Following the complaint of ITBP, the Central Vigilance Commission has taken cognizance of the escalation between the Ministry of Home Affairs and Water Resources over the poor construction of their post on the west bank of the Pangong Tso river in Ladakh. It has been told that this construction done by National Project Construction Corporation Limited at a cost of about 20 crores has not come up to the test.

The highway leading to Ladakh (Photo: Reuters)

New Delhi: The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has taken note of the escalation between the Ministries of Home and Water Resources over the poor construction of an Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) post on the west bank of the Pangong Tso river in Ladakh.

According to the Indian Express report, sources say that following the complaint of ITBP, the CVC has started an investigation into this ambitious border structure project.

In fact, despite spending about Rs 20 crore on this project, the National Project Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC), which built it, did not meet the criterion and the project came into controversy.

Let us tell you that ITBP is one of the five Central Armed Police Forces of the country, which is under the Union Home Ministry. At the same time, NPCC is a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) under the Ministry of Water Resources.

A senior government official said, “The technical audit team of the CVC had visited the concerned border post (BoP) in Ladakh a few months back. All the documents related to the project were taken into custody and investigation is going on at present.

NPCC sources confirmed that the CVC team had visited Ladakh to inspect the project.

“Whatever they wanted, we have handed them over,” the NPCC official said. We want a CVC inquiry into this project. Despite several meetings between the two ministries, this standoff has not been resolved.

Sources said that the NPCC had advised the Home Ministry that if it is not satisfied with the work, it can hire some other agency to complete the project.

Let us tell you that this BOP built on Lukung on the west bank of Pangong Lake is under question. The newspaper had reported in its report on 19 September that the project, started in 2015, aims to provide better living conditions for soldiers along the Indo-Tibetan border.

The BOP area is believed to be the first of its kind structure, which has many facilities.

The project is being seen as an important step in improving the infrastructure for the frontline soldiers at a time when infrastructure from China’s side is many years ahead of India’s.

The project was given to NPCC but after five years it was declared a failure by ITBP after spending around Rs 20 crore on it.

Sources in ITBP and Ministry of Home Affairs say that the BOP is unable to maintain the temperature above 10-11 degrees Celsius and the quality of construction is so bad that 40 jawans in the BOP started remembering the structures where they lived earlier. Were.

Sources say that the Home Ministry is so unhappy that it has not only given part payment to NPCC for this project but is also contemplating abandoning the project itself.

At the same time, NPCC has blamed the ITBP and the Ministry of Home Affairs for the failure of the project, saying that the sub-contractor could not maintain the heating system due to withholding of payments, which affected the capacity of the BOP.

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