Ex-Mayor is a bag of lies, deceit and deception: Corporator

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Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC)

SRINAGAR — In a purported move to take the motive of anti-corruption movement forward, Srinagar Municipal Corporators are reportedly extending support to Mayor candidate Sheikh Mohammad Imran on July 16.

Sheikh Imran has said that he is intending to unearth scams, corruption cases and alleged financial irregularities done by ex-Mayor, Junaid Mattu in the implementation of various urban schemes.

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According to a few statements given to media, SMC Corporators alleged that the former Mayor, Junaid Azim Mattu looted the money allotted to the Srinagar city for six months from 31st October 2019 to 31st March 2020 under Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) without constructing the actual number of toilets as shown in the official records.

An amount of Rs. 625 lacs (six crore and twenty five lacs) were sanctioned and released to the Mission Director, Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) in SMC.

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An SMC councillor, wishing anonymity, said that Junaid Mattu had deposited a significant chunk of 625 lacs into the bank accounts of the members of his political party. “It is learnt that these workers were made as proxy beneficiaries of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) scheme. The fact is that majority of the toilets have never been constructed during this period,” he added.

Waheed Dar told the media, “In tender NIT 14, the contractors have completed the construction of several projects on allotment letter but without issuing any formal tenders in those projects. The contractors now demand the release of their money and ex-Mayor is in a fix to save his face and find a way to release the amount for the projects completed by contractors but never tenderised before the start of the work.”

Pertinently, the contractors who have completed the works under tender NIT 14 have approached the court for the release of their money.

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A councillor, wishing anonymity, said that there are many illegal constructions in the Srinagar city. “Still, the ex-Mayor took no action as the violators bribed him during his tenure as Mayor,” he said.

The councillors have unanimously demanded a probe by an impartial agency into the financial irregularities in SMC by ex-mayor Junaid Mattu.

Meanwhile, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole Monday chaired a meeting of officials to review the status of cases about violations of sanctioned commercial building permissions in Srinagar city and the court directions thereof.

The meeting discussed various matters that are under consideration in court, including sanctioned commercial building permissions in Srinagar, besides measures undertaken to curb illegal constructions and monitor work on sanctioned building permissions.

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