Special Correspondent

GULBARGA: Construction of a building by a government agency to house the central library in the city without permission from the Gulbarga City Corporation and other authorities has now come to light.

The Public Works Department began the construction at a cost of Rs. 1.95 crore after having demolished the old building without obtaining permission from the city corporation or the Gulbarga Urban Development Authority (GUDA).

Janata Dal (United) working president Raju Kulageri told presspersons here on Monday that GUDA had refused to allow construction of the building citing several flaws in construction plan and absence of set-backs.

Dr. Kulageri said he had filed a complaint against the PWD officials for taking up the construction without obtaining the permission from chief engineer of the Dharwad zone and superintending engineer of PWD.

He said it was surprising that PWD had floated a tender for the construction of a building which had not been permitted by the civic authorities concerned. More surprising was that the Quality Control wing of the PWD, which inspected the progress of construction, had given a certificate saying that 47 per cent of the work had been completed, he said. Based on this certificate, PWD had released Rs. 48 lakh to the building contractor.

Dr. Kulageri pointed out several construction flaws in the building. He said that only about 15 per cent of construction work had been done, and alleged that the Quality Control wing had incorrectly certified that 47 per cent of the work had been completed. He said he would wait for a week for the senior officials of PWD to take action against the officials concerned and then would chalk out the future course of action including filing a writ petition against PWD in the High Court and with the Lokayukta.

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