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Why CPI-M prefers blacklisted companies for Flyover constructions ?
Swapan Nag
Why CPI-M prefers blacklisted companies for Flyover constructions ?
PHOTO : Inset Pic Kolkata flyover collapse; Main pic CM Manik Sarkar laying foundation for Agartala flyover. TIWN File Photo

CPI-M's historical bond with Hyderabad based corrupt companies in recent years is evident from the fact that Tripura's Manik Sarkar to Bengal CPI-M Governments led by Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee hand-picked tainted, blacklisted companies for Flyover constructions.

On Thrusday, at least 24 people died and over 100 got injured after the Vivekananda flyover in the congested Posta area of northern Kolkata crashed.

Going by the statistics, decades old negligence shows CPI-M 's primary interest always remained enriching party funds with corruption money rather than serving masses as per poll planks.

Otherwise how CPI-M will explain that in 2007, Bengal Govt picked a tainted Hyderabad  based company IVRCL Infrastructures and Projects Ltd, against this company multiple cases listed nationwide for cheating, corruption, even Jharkhand Govenment recommended CBI probe in 2010 and blacklisted IVRCL for bribing former CM Madhu Koda to bag Rs 410-crore rural electrification project.

In similar fashion, allegdly IVRCL Infrastructures bribed then Bengal PWD Minister Ashok Bhattacharjee, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee led CPI-M Govt to bag Vivekananada Flyover Rs 164 crore contract in 2007.

In Tripura’s case, Manik Sarkar led CPI-M Govt awarded Rs 300 crore project to Hyderabad based Nagarjuna Construction Company which was blacklisted by Pondicherry Govt in 2012 for indulging into massive irregularities which was unearthed by the Anti¬Corruption Branch of CBI in Chennai. 

Apart from that, Hyderabad based  Nagarjuna Construction company owner AVS Raju is relative and business partner of jailed corporate thief Ramlinga Raju, former Chairman of Satyam Computers.

So, one can imagine the fate of Tripura’s first flyover at Agartala as Manik Sarkar's CPI-M Govt. awarded Rs 300 crore flyover construction contract to a well known corrupt company. 

In April, 2012, Puducherry Govt  PWD has blacklisted four construction companies and banned their official dealings with the PWD for a period of three years from the date of issue of notice for alleged irregularities in the construction of water treatment plants  at Yanam .

As per the notice issued by PWD chief engineer S Manohar, (posted on government website) M V S Suryanarayana Raju and others, Kakinada, Nagarjuna Construction Company Ltd, Hyderabad, Subramanyam Raju, Hyderabad and Ramlinga Raju’s company Maytas Infra Pvt,Ltd, Hyderabad blacklisted after issuing a show cause notice earlier.

In Kolkata, Rs 164-crore project which the Left front government had initiated in 2007 to facilitate the movement of traffic as well as pedestrians in this busy and clogged stretch of the central business district in Burrabazar-Posta.

It was learnt that right from its inception at Kolkata, local people objected to its design as some stretches of the flyover crossed menacingly close to multi-storied buildings, flanking on both sides of the existing road stretch. State government sources said there was considerable pressure from the state urban development department to ensure speedy completion of the project so CPI-M Govt awarded contract to tainted IVRCL Infrastructures based in Hyderabad.

Rs 300 crore Agartala Flyover Project in now ongoing but no one knows how much Nagarjuna Constructions paid to party funds in exchange of compromising quality of construction ?

If Kolkata flyovers are collapsing due to substandard work by Hyderabad based tainted companies, then same may happen in Tripura too in future, for which Manik Sarkar Govt will be fully responsible.

Corrupt officials like nationally tainted IAS officer GSG Ayyangar (from Hyderabad), CBI Chargesheeted  IPS official DGP K.Nagraj (also from Hyderabad), Rs 51 crore scamster Bimal Chakraborty are all hand picked by Manik Sarkar to lead his clean (?) administration. 

 Why Bengal, Tripura's CPI-M Governments prefer corrupt people, corrupt companies to implement projects or running State administration ? 

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