ADB, WB express concern due to lack of progress in projects : LGED in turmoil over corruption in recruitment of manpower, transfer business
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and World Bank ( WB) have expressed displeasure over the lack of progress in the ongoing projects of the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) such as IUGIP, Covid -19 Response, Super Bridge, Climate Resilient Rural Infrastructure Project, irregularities, corruption and recruitment of incompetents.
On the other hand, LGED building has become turbulent due to alleged corruption in recruitment and transfer business during the end of Chief Engineer Sheikh Mohammad Mohasin's tenure.
According to the relevant sources, Chief Engineer Sheikh Mohammad Mohasin has recommended the appointment of junior engineers as project directors instead of seniority as the project director.
After appointing Salim Mia as Project Director in the Super Bridge Project, Chief Engineer Sheikh Mohammad Mohsin withdrew it after three months due to the objection of the World Bank. The duration of this project has been completed in 7 years but only 15 percent of the work has been completed. Massive corruption has been committed in this project, it is alleged.
The development association has taken back 900 crore rupees of this project in the last financial year. The project duration of billions of billions of rupees of the World Bank was two years. This project is yet to see the light of day.
Besides, Gazipur executive engineer Abdul Barek has been appointed as the director of IUGIP project implemented under ADB protection. Experience and seniority are not considered here either. As a result, irregularities in the work of the project are happening.
On the other hand, the then Civil Engineer Nazmul Shahadat Mohammad Zillur Rahman, working in Bandarban, was appointed PD of the Covid 19 Response Project. The progress of this project has been only two percent in the last two years. two and a half.
According to related sources, the LGED building has become turbulent due to the recruitment and transfer business of Chief Engineer Sheikh Mohammad Mohsin.
It has been alleged that the chief engineer and his assigned assistants were forced to pay bribes of Tk 20 to 30 lakh.
Chief Engineer of LGED was not available for his comments in this regard.