HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Gomti Riverfront project was launched by the then Samajwadi Party government, with Akhilesh Yadav as the Chief Minister in 2015
  • Out of the total 42 locations, 40 locations were in UP, and one each in Rajasthan and Kolkata
  • Data revealed that despite an expenditure of Rs.1,435 crore which is 95 percent of the project cost, only 60 percent of the work had been carried out

Today early morning, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) carried out raids in 42 locations after registering a fresh case to investigate alleged irregularities in the Gomti Riverfront project. Out of the total 42 locations, 40 locations were in UP, and one each in Rajasthan and Kolkata. Sources revealed that the officials carried out searches at the premises of three chief engineers of this project and six superintendent engineers.

This is the second CBI probe in the project worth Rs.1,600 crore. In 2015, the Gomti Riverfront project was launched by the then Samajwadi Party government, with Akhilesh Yadav as the Chief Minister. Reportedly, the authorities alleged that the funds of the project had been diverted.

Back on July 17, 2017, the Yogi government bad demanded an investigation by the CBI into the alleged ‘irregularities’. According to the data of a committee, it was revealed that only 60 percent of work had been carried out despite an expenditure of Rs.1,435 crore (95 percent of project cost) on the project. Hence, the first case was registered by the central agency in December 2017.

In the latest case, several former chief engineers, superintending engineers, other engineers and public servants of the state irrigation department, private contractors, and businessmen have been named as accused.

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