Rs 102.44 cr NH renovation scam: CBI registers case against Paliyekkara toll company, NHAI officials

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Case was registered against construction company Guruvayur Infrastructure and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI)

Kochi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case in connection with the National Highway renovation scam. CBI found financial corruption of Rs 102.44 crore in the renovation works carried on the Mannuthy-Edapally National Highway between 2006 and 2012. It was also found that the toll collection at Palliyekkara was done flouting norms. The FIR in this regard was submitted in court on Tuesday.

Case was registered against construction company Guruvayur Infrastructure and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

In 2002, NHAI had entered a contract with KMC Construction Ltd and SREI Infrastructure Finance Ltd for the renovation works on Mannuthy-Edapally NH stretch. These companies subcontracted the same to Guruvayur Infrastructure.

CBI found that between 2006 and 2016, Guruvayur Infrastructure had not adhered to the contract conditions.

The FIR stated that company MD Vikram Reddy hatched conspiracy with NHAI officials and brought loss to the government. Toll was collected illegally flouting norms. It also stated that all construction guidelines were violated.

As per the contract 12 bus bays were to be constructed, but only three were completed. Also the condition relating to installing advertisement boards at bus bays were violated.

FIR also stated that granting permission to Guruvayur infrastructure to collect toll in Paliyekkara was unlawful.

Vikram Reddy was named the first accused in the FIR and the company was named second accused. Officials at the Palakkad Project Implementation Unit of NHAI were also named as accused.

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