CHITRAL, July 22: MNA Shahzada Iftikharuddin has asked the officers of the public works departments either to mend their ways and ensure fair utilization of the public funds or prepare their wrists for handcuffs.
The MNA said he would not spare any one involved in the embezzlement of public funds meant for development. Addressing the officers of the departments of communication and works, public health engineering and irrigation, health and education here on Tuesday, he expressed his utter anguish over the failure of a number of medium sized projects in Chitral.
The lawmaker burst into rage when the engineer of public health engineering department told him that the contractor of Golen Gol water supply project had been paid all his dues despite the faulty work. Not a single drop of water has been provided by the project to the people of Chitral town but the contractor has been paid the massive amount of 280 million rupees and this is the worst example of corruption, he said.
He said that the failure of the project cannot be tolerated in which the contractor had siphoned millions of rupees with the connivance of the engineers of the department and it must be probed into so that the corrupt elements could be made example for others.
The MNA also expressed his dissatisfaction over the slow pace and substandard quality of work on the site of Abdul Wali Khan bypass road and asked the C&W department to complete it within three months. He also expressed his concern and anguish over the fake irrigation projects in different areas of the district executed by the irrigation department including Ghochar Koh irrigation channel.–Zahiruddin