From our Correspondent
TINSUKIA, April 20: Irregularities have been alleged in utilization of the Government of India fund allotted for renovation of the Sarbananda Singha stadium in Tinsukia. According to reports, Sarbananda Sonowal during his stint as Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, had sanctioned an amount of Rs 34 crore from the Central Government fund during the Congress regime in the State for renovation of the Sarbananda Singha Stadium, the biggest open stadium in the State. Out of the total amount, the nodal agency- Assam State Housing Board sanctioned Rs 8.81 crore as first installment and released nearly Rs 4 crore to a contractor having close allegiance to then Tarun Gogoi-led Congress government.
Chabua MLA Binod Hazarika, while carrying out spot inspection of the on-going renovation works on Tuesday, detected severe anomalies and irregularities and alleged that a large amount had been swindled by the contractor in connivance with the officials of the Assam State Housing Board. He did not rule out direct involvement of Housing Board officials in the scam. Talking to The Sentinel, he revealed that though the contractor had withdrawn Rs 4 crore, the work carried out so far in respect of plastering of gallery, office and hostel would not exceed more than Rs 1.75 crore, stating further that he had discussed the whole issue with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday and demanded a high-level inquiry. The Chief Minister, on the other hand, had assured him of sending an inquiry team soon to investigate stadium affairs, Hazarika informed. The fate of subsequent installments could not be ascertained.
Meanwhile, the president of All Assam Matak Sanmilan, Saroj Gohain has demanded stringent action against the contractor and a thorough investigation by competent authorities to unearth the nexus.