MANDI BAHAUDDIN - The Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) Gujranwala have registered a case against engineers Yunis Farooqi and Abid Qureshi, two site inspectors Imran Dar and Muhammad Shahid, material engineer Qadeer of Indus Consultants and three deputy project directors Muhammad Tariq, Humayun Shehzad and Project Engineering Sale Saeed Ahmed and two owners of contract firms on allegations of using sub-standard material in construction of 30 miles long road from Bherowal to Sial Morh via Waryam (R-7) with loan from Asian Development Bank (ADB) amounting to millions of rupees, said Deputy Director Technical Anti-Corruption Establishment Ijaz Bhatti.

He was talking to media here the other day. He said that seven different companies/groups jointly constructed the road in 2009.  The road soon after completion started dismantling. On complaint of local citizen Ahmed Saeed an enquiry team was constituted that in its finding had alleged that construction of road was not according to specification given in the contract, he said.  The inquiry report further alleged that funds were embezzled to the tune of millions and embezzled amount was divided among the firms and contractors and contract granting authorities.  It may be mentioned that a year ago similar case was registered against contractors and construction firms that constructed Mandi Bahauddin-Malikwal Road (R-6). But the case remained up to the limit of investigation and nothing was heard thereafter.

Admin warns against profiteering: DO Coordination Abdul Salam Arif said that the administration was alive to ensure provision of essential commodities at reasonable rates to the consumers.

He called upon the wholesalers and retailers to desist from fleecing the consumers and provide them some relief.

Addressing a meeting of the District Price Control Committee here the other day, he with the consultation of retailers, wholesalers and representatives of consumers refixed prices of some essential commodities.

On the occasion, special Price Magistrates told the meeting that 10 shopkeepers were booked under the Essential Commodities Price Control Act while 140 were challaned for profiteering and Rs79,400 was realized from the defaulters as fine during August.