SIC begins inquiry into misappropriation of funds meant for Seppa-C’Tajo road

ITANAGAR, 15 Mar: The Special Investigation Cell (Vigilance) has conducted a preliminary inquiry into the allegation of misappropriation of funds by Gammon India in the construction of the 81-km road from Seppa to Chayang Tajo in East Kameng district under the NEC, and registered the matter as a regular case (u/s 120(B)/420/465/471/409 IPC, r/w Section 13(1) HO (d) & 13(2) PC Act, 1988).

This comes after social activist Payi Gyadi had lodged an FIR against the executive engineers of the Chayang Tajo PWD division and executing agencies Gammon India Ltd, Gammon Engineers Contractors Pvt Ltd and DRB Infrastructure Pvt Ltd over the 81-km Seppa-Chayang Tajo road project.

A complaint was also received from Gyadi on 7 August, 2019, to the effect that Gammon India won the tender in 2008 to construct the Seppa-Chayang Tajo road, and that payment worth Rs 1 billion was made to Gammon India Ltd “but not a single km of road is properly constructed.”

The complaint mentions the names of the then and the present engineers of the Chayang Tajo PWD division and other private individuals: Gammon India Ltd, Mumbai; Gammon Engineers Contractors Pvt Ltd, Mumbai; and DRB Infrastructure PM Ltd, Hyderabad.

The SIC noted that the case involves multiple aspects, including many alleged persons and voluminous documents.

“The investigation of the case is in the initial stage and all necessary steps will be taken as per law,” SIC SP Dr Hemant Tiwari said.

The road project is marred by accusations of fund misappropriation and corruption involving Rs 172 crore. However, 70 percent of the work is yet to be completed.

On 7 February, the East Kameng Social Welfare & Cultural Organization had convened a meeting to discuss the road project. During the meeting, it was learnt that Rs 31 crore had been misused from the agreement amount of Rs 172 crore by describing the work as “flood damage report works.”

Only Rs 19.5 crore is remaining.