Congress alleges scam in Telangana Martyrs’ Memorial, demands inquiry | Hyderabad News

HYDERABAD: The Congress on Saturday alleged a scam in the construction of Telangana Martyrs’ Memorial by the government and demanded a high-level inquiry to expose those involved in the embezzlement of public money.
Accompanied by AICC spokesperson Dasoju Sravan and other senior leaders, Telangana Congress president A Revanth Reddy visited the site of martyrs’ memorial to check the status of construction.
Later, he told journalists that the cost of the project was escalated from Rs 60 crore to Rs 180 crore and that the TRS assigned the works to a contractor from Andhra Pradesh. There are allegations that 6% commission on total cost of the project is being given to those involved in the scam and only an inquiry can bring the culprits to book, he said.
“Though KCR has visited the secretariat construction site, he did not visit the Telangana Martyrs’ Memorial site which is only a furlong away from the new secretariat site. KCR is even suggesting which granite stones should be used in construction of the secretariat complex but is not exhibiting the same enthusiasm in the construction of Telangana Martyrs’ Memorial,” Revanth alleged.
As per the original agreement and the extension given later, the construction of the martyr’s memorial should have been completed by December 31 this year. But as on date, not even 50% of the construction has been completed. Even after spending Rs 110 crore, there is no clarity on when the memorial would be ready for opening, he said.
“KCR had accused Andhra contractors of robbing Telangana. But now KCR himself is assigning all big projects to Andhra contractors,” he alleged adding that a DNA test should be conducted on KCR to ascertain whether he genuinely belongs to Telangana.
He demanded that the TRS government should clarify the reasons for delay in execution of the project and why the works were assigned to an Andhra contractor.
“After the formation of Telangana, CM KCR gave three major assurances to the families of martyrs. Each family was promised a government job, financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh, 2-BHK houses and 3 to 5 acres of cultivable land. It was also announced that a world-class memorial will be constructed in Hyderabad to pay tributes to hundreds of martyrs who laid down their lives for the statehood cause. Seven years have passed but none of the promises have been honoured. More than 2,000 people sacrificed their lives for the statehood cause but the TRS government gave financial assistance to only 503 families,” Revanth said.

Read more…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *