Allegations ‘Ramky using sub-standard material not approved by NHAI’

Srinagar, May 22: A couple of State and Central Departments have received a communiqué from a group of people who have alleged that executive agency of four lane project Banihal-Srinagar Expressway have been using sub-standard material that has not been approved by National Highway Authority of India.
The four lane project Banihal-Srinagar Expressway is being executed by Ramky Infrastructure Limited. The project has already missed a couple of deadlines.
A letter shot to Minister of Roads and Transportation, Incharge Finance Department NHAI, Incharge TPT Department NHAI and Regional Officer NHAI by a group of people claims that no proper reinforcement (steel) has been used in different structures that could prove fatal in near future for the commuters.
“The executing agency Ramky Infra Ltd has not used standard steel in the structures. The material used in some structures has not been approved by NHAI and still they are using the same material in the balance structure work,” the letter reads.
A local from Tokna village Fayaz Ahmed Chopan said that they have proper evidences about this fraud. “I in fact approached anti-graft road agency who assured me that matter will be probed. Even Ramky asked me to maintain silence. I was even offered a favour which I declined. My only concern is to make NHAI aware about the misdeeds of Ramky so that in future we can’t witness fatal accidents like one happened in UP,” he said.
Terming the allegations baseless, Project Head Ramky, Chander Shekhar said that only standard material has been used in the piling structures. (CNS)