Staff Correspondent

Rs. 10 crore paid to various agencies which executed the works

Stringent norms followed to release payment for works Works related to roads, bridges, culverts and retaining walls Some works were inspected more than once by the officials

Madikeri: Over 900 civil works have been completed in Kodagu under the Calamity Relief Fund this year (2005-06) and Rs. 10 crore has been paid to various executing agencies, Deputy Commissioner Subodh Yadav said here on Tuesday.

He told The Hindu that works were executed through the Public Works Department, Zilla Panchayat Engineering Division, Karnataka Land Army Corporation, Minor Irrigation Department, City Municipal Council, town municipal councils of Virajpet, Somwarpet and Kushalnagar and Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Company (CESCOM).

The works related to the roads, bridges, school buildings, retaining walls, culverts and so on. Payment schedule to the works completed were stringent. The works had been inspected by various authorities, including himself, Mr. Yadav said. Technical inspections were carried out by a team from the Sullia Engineering College, which was picked through the process of tender, Mr. Yadav said.

It was only after ascertaining that works complied with the standards, payments were made to the agencies, Mr. Yadav said.

In many cases, works that were not up to the mark were taken up again and completed as per the norms. Works that were pending for want of quality would have to be re-done or else bills would not be paid, he added. The district had received about Rs. 14 crore under the calamity relief in 2005-06.

Mr. Yadav said he had inspected certain larger works three times to ensure quality. The district administration did not want the Government money misused at any point by any one. That was the reason why a few agencies and individuals were made to inspect the work. The system that only deserving bills were paid to the agencies had helped avoid poor quality works in the district, he added.