Rawalpindi - The City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) has allegedly diverted the money loaned by the World Bank (WB) to carpet small streets in PP-6 in violation of rules, as the fund was allocated for construction of two main roads, The Nation has learnt reliably yesterday.

The CDGR floated a tender in national dailies on July 10, 2016 inviting the contractors to submit their bids to construct two roads - Chakra to Razzaq Town (length 1-km) and Razzaq Town to Pir Sahaba (length 1.75-km) - at the cost of Rs 20.79 million but this amount is being spent on carpeting small streets in the area, the sources said. The tender was won by Central Highway Works Department, they said.

Sources said that the fund is being spent on carpeting of the Street Number 2 and 4 in Razzaq Town. The local leaders are also planning to concrete more streets from this money, sources claimed.

Interestingly, the two main roads mentioned in the tender had already been constructed at the cost of Rs 70 million in 2008 and were inaugurated by then MNA Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan soon after winning the general election, sources informed.

All this was done by the CDGR and the contractor apparently on political pressure, they said.

The misuse of WB loan has not only enraged the public elected representatives but also the people of the area who requested Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif to take notice of the issue.

According to government rules, the funds allocated for any specific project could not be shifted to other development schemes, said a CDGR high-up while talking to The Nation on request of anonymity. He said the WB had promised to give loan of $150 million to the Punjab government under WB’s Punjab City Governance Improvement Project in 2013 and now WB has started issuing loan. He said a sum of $23.9 million was kept for Rawalpindi and half of it would be spent on improving the roads’ condition. The WB issued the load to CDGR in four instalments and the last instalment of $8.1 million was given in 2016, he informed.

Chaudhry Sarfraz Afzal, the elected MPA of PML-N from PP-6, when contacted by The Nation replied, “I don’t have any knowledge about this. It’s better to ask District Coordination Officer Rawalpindi as the schemes of WB are directly executed from there. I am totally out of picture.”

DCO Talat Mehmood Gondal neither did pick up his cell phone nor did respond to an SMS sent on his cell phone by this correspondent to seek his official version over the misuse of the WB loan.