September 28, 2021

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Highway agency asks contractor to instal bust of officer died due to Covid

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Highway agency asks contractor to instal bust of officer died due to Covid
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Highway agency asks contractor to instal bust of officer died due to Covid
Highway agency asks contractor to instal bust of officer died due to Covid

NEW DELHI: In a surprising move, the NHIDCL, a subsidiary of the road transport and highways ministry, has asked a highway builder to install the bust of a former executive director at Z-Morh tunnel portal in Jammu and Kashmir in the next 15 days. The former director, who was in-charge of J&K died due to Covid-19 when the second was at its peak.
This move has surprised many as the NHIDCL has directed the Apco Shri AmarnathjiTunnelway for “urgent compliance”.
The communication to the company issued on Saturday said, “This is to appraise that MD, NHIDCL during his official visit to Z-morh project on August 26, 2021, directed the concessionaire to place a bust of Sanjeev Malik, former ED(II), NHIDCL at Z-morh portal before the visit of road transport and highways minister which is scheduled on September 26, 2021.”
Sources said any such direction requires prior permission of the road transport ministry and it was unprecedented to ask a private player to put a bust. “If the government agency wants this, it should have done it on its own. Secondly, the reason for installing such a bust has not been explained. There was a Supreme Court order in 2013, which had banned the installation of statues of public figures and construction of any religious structure along roads,” said a source.
The NHIDCL is implementing two crucial tunnel projects in J&K at Zojila and Z-morh. In the case of Zojila tunnel, the NHIDCL had run into a controversy of giving a consultancy contract to a private player. After several complaints, the agency had to suspend the contract and has invited fresh bids.

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