Case against Gammon India for alleged corruption in Arunachal road project

A police case was registered against Gammon India Ltd for its alleged laxity in construction of 81-km Seppa-Chayangtajo road in East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh.

Social activist Payi Gyadi has lodged an FIR against the executive engineers of the Chayangtajo PWD division in Arunachal Pradesh and executing agencies Gammon India Ltd, Gammon Engineers Contractors Pvt Ltd and DRB Infrastructure Pvt Ltd over the 81-km road project.

“Finally, case registered against Gammon India company and PWD officials for stealing away Rs 172 crore in connection to Seppa-Chayangtajo road. Case was registered on basis of enquiry report submitted by Technical Board Committee, DC East Kameng,” Payi Gyadi stated in a Facebook post while uploading a copy of the FIR.

Gyadi had earlier filed a complaint against Gammon India Pvt Ltd in August 2019, alleging that “more than one billion bill amounts” had been paid to the company but not a single kilometre of the road was properly constructed.

The road project is marred by accusations of fund misappropriation and corruption involving Rs 172 crore. As much as 70 per cent of the work is yet to be completed.

On 7 February, the East Kameng Social Welfare & Culture Organization (EKSWCO) had convened a meeting to discuss the road project.

The Arunachal Times reported that in the meeting, it was learnt that Rs 31 crore had been misused from the agreement amount of Rs 172 crore by describing the work as “flood damage report works.” Only Rs 19.5 crore was remaining.

On 11 February, a team of the EKSWCO called on chief minister Pema Khandu, seeking his intervention in the Seppa-Chayangtajo NEC road issue. The EKSWCO informed the chief minister that the road from Seppa to Chayangtajo, whose construction began in 2008 with NEC fund (implemented by the PWD and executed by Gammon India Ltd) is yet to be completed despite revised funding from the NEC.

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