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Chhattisgarh high court has asked the state government and others to file a reply within three weeks on a petition demanding a probe into the alleged substandard construction of Kohka Minor Canal Link Road in the steel city of Bhilai.

The road was inaugurated in March, 2021 by chief minister Bhupesh Baghel.

Respondent of state government, Bhilai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and contractor M/S Ramniwas Agrawal submitted that the road has been inaugurated, to which the court said that inauguration doesn’t imply completion of work.

BMC had floated a Rs 34 crore tender for the three kilometer Kohka Minor Canal Road and beautification work in January, 2017. The construction agency obtained the contract for Rs 28 crore in December 2017.

The tender norms clearly read that the construction and beautification of the road, meant to reduce the traffic pressure of Bhilai city, should have been completed within 18 months. However, the construction company sought an extension on the grounds that there were hurdles in the form of encroachments on the proposed road project and it will take time to settle the encroachment issues. After the construction was completed in March 2020, chief minister Bhupesh Baghel inaugurated the road in March, 2021.

Petitioner Satish Kumar Tripathi submitted that the work completion certificate was not submitted.

The petitioner also challenged the quality of the constructed road and drainage in his petiton. Adding that the road is again encroached by those who were displaced during the construction when the agency and the BMC did not make rehabilitation arrangements for them, the petitioner submitted to the court.

During the hearing, the division bench objected to the approach of the BMC and asked to file their reply.


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