HANDOUT No. 225
Ombudsman takes notice of poor construction work
LAHORE, April 22:
Ombudsman Punjab Javed Mahmood has taken suo moto cognizance of use of substandard material in construction of roads and missing of street lights on complaints, lodged through social media, and directed Secretary Communication and Works, DCO Lahore, XEN Provincial Roads Construction Division Lahore and TMO Allama Iqbal Town to submit a report in this regard.
According to details, local residents posted some pictures on facebook account of Ombudsman Punjab about poor quality of work on the recently constructed Barkat Town GT Road to Nizampur Dhaka via Vandala Diyal Shah, Sheikhupura link road. It was evident from the pictures that level of manholes of sewerage was not maintained and people were meeting accidents due to uneven manhole covers. In some places, the road was left incomplete due to unknown reasons. Local residents pointed out that the road was recently constructed after a delay of so many years and the matter was brought into the notice of XEN Provincial Roads Construction Division Lahore Naveed Ashraf but he did not bothered to pay attention. Ombudsman Punjab while taking serious notice of inefficiency and lack of supervision of the concerned officers during construction of the road worth millions of rupees, incurred from government exchequer, has directed Director Ombudsman Punjab Abid Noor Bhatti to investigate the issue. Following the directions of Ombudsman Punjab, notices have been issued to Secretary C&W and XEN Naveed Asharf to submit a report this regard within 7 days. Similarly a resident of Allam Iqbal Town Lahore lodged a complaint through social media about dilapidated Clifton Colony to Wahadat Colony link road which was left incomplete by the agency. He also pointing out about missing street lights on the road which was causing problems for the locals. Ombudsman Punjab directed Advisor Lahore Mahmood Arif Khokhar to probe the matter who has issued notices to DCO Lahore and TMO Iqbal Town to submit a report on the issue within a period of 15 days to proceed further.