Mathura, 2017.06.26 (VT): The Parikrama Marg’s beautification project has hit a snag after an explosive meeting on Saturday between the CDO and The Braj Foundation’s team.
The Braj Foundation was selected as the City Anchor of the Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY). This gave them the responsibility of implementing key elements of the government’s project.
The CDO conducted a sudden inspection of the project on 20th June during which she found several lapses in the project’s implementation. She subsequently pointed out the issues that were not done according to the DPR (Detailed Project Report) to the project manager of the The Braj Foundation. The CDO is the nodal officer of the City-Level Advisory and Monitoring Committee (CLAMC).
A meeting to discuss the lapses in the project was held at 11am on Friday morning. According to several sources, the architect of the NGO was supposed to attend the meeting. But instead, Mr. Raghav Mittal, the Research Director of The Braj Foundation, attended the meeting at the CDO’s office, along with a crew of officials from the NGO.
The meeting is said to have turned sour when Mittal allegedly blamed the CDO for all problems with the work, after which a verbal fight ensued. When the situation got out of hand, the CDO called the police and Mr. Mittal was taken to the police station. He was later released.
The CDO alleges that Mittal became irate, and insisted that the CDO should not have any objection to The Braj Foundation’s work, since the organization has been working in Braj for so many years. Mittal, on the other hand, says the CDO became offended because he called her a public servant.
A case has been filed by the CDO against Mittal, accusing him of indecency and preventing a public servant from discharging her duty. The matter is currently under investigation.
The SHO Sadar, Shri Subodh Kumar, told the media that he went to the CDO’s office at Rajeev Bhawan on Saturday, with the purpose of taking the CDO’s statement on the matter. But he found that the CDO had gone on leave. However, he managed to talk to her on the phone.
The SHO further said that he will take the statement of the CDO on Tuesday, and that CCTV footage will be obtained from her office. The CDO’s office staff will also be interviewed.
Now the Research Director of the Braj Foundation has written a letter to the Superintendant of Police, requesting to file a case against the CDO. The President of the Braj Foundation Mr. Vineet Narain has made requests for a probe from the Chief Secretary, to the DGP all the way up to the Chief Minister.
The letter contains a number of complaints about the CDO. Conversely, the CLAMC is allegedly fed up with the Braj Foundation for what it sees as a dictatorial attitude and an attempt to force the government offices to do its bidding. The NGO has also been accused of making unilateral changes to the Heritage plan without asking permission from or even informing the appropriate departments.
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