G Sudhakaran comes down heavily on KIIFB, calls its CTO a monster
Thiruvananthpuram: Minister for Public Works, G. Sudhakaran, came down heavily on Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) controlled by the Finance Department. He also called the KIIFB Chief Technical Officer (CTO) a monster.
G. Sudhakaran said that the Public Works Department has nothing to do with the working of KIIFB. “Irrespective of what reports the PWD engineers put forward, the KIIFB officials strike it down. From now, PWD should only take up works that can be completed by it,” he added.
“PWD engineers do not have to intervene in the working of KIIFB. The chief technical officer of KIIFB will strike down all reports submitted by PWD no matter what. He is monster. He is like ‘Bakan’ who is awaiting food. (Also known as Bakasura, Bakan is a demon in Mahabharata, who devoured large quantities of provisions along with the men who provided them). Why is such a man sitting there?” the minister asked.
G. Sudhakaran also said that it is the CTO of KIIFB, an Executive Engineer, who examines the report given by the PWD Chief Engineer. “Does such a silly law exist anywhere else? the minister asked and added that things would be much better if the Finance Ministry appointed a Chief Engineer as the CTO.
“PWD is not responsible for construction and repair works being handed over to KIIFB. From now on, PWD engineers should only take up works it can complete. Construction of schools should be handed over to local self-governments. If PWD takes up works that cannot the completed, it will have to bear the brunt of complaints and insults. PWD should take works on if the related departments give a written request,” the minister explained.
Regarding the Alappuzha flyover, G. Sudhakaran said that construction of the flyover was stalled due to the policies of railways. He added that railways delayed works that can be completed within one week after inspection.
G. Sudhakaran also said that the National Highway development cannot be completed during this government’s tenure. “Had the Centre allotted the funds in 2016, we could have finished the works by now,” the minister added.