The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has found 11 sources of corruption in Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) during an investigation.
Mentioning these 11 sources of WASA, the anti-graft watchdog submitted a report to the Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives ministry on Thursday.The anti-graft body also made 12 recommendations to prevent corruption in WASA.
ACC Commissioner Dr Md Mozammel Haque Khan submitted the commission’s investigation report on corruption in WASA to the LGRD Minister Md Tajul Islam on the day. Dr Md Mozammel Haque told reporters that the ACC is preparing investigation reports on corruption on a total 25 institution of the government and the report on WASA is the 14th such report.
“We identified 11 sources of corruption in WASA and made 12 recommendations to curb graft,” he said.
“An excess of Tk 52 crore has been shown in a Tk 521-crore project in Mirpur. This irregularity has been conducted in coordination with the contractor. An excess of Tk 552 crore has also been shown in the Dhaka metropolitan water collection project,” he said.
He said the Sayedabad Water Filtration Project will not be complete by 2020 and ACC investigation has found that these projects were allegedly assigned to the preferred contractors of certain WASA officials.
In addition, a number of WASA officials and staff members collect bills without working overtime, the ACC commissioner said citing the commission investigation report.The information was found through inspection of WASA’s annual report and media reports as well as through the ACC’s own investigation, he added.
Regarding the report, Minister Md Tajul Islam said: “We will not tolerate corruption. We have taken this ACC report into account. If any government officials or staff members are involved in this corruption, we will take action against them.”
Praising the ACC report on WASA, he said corruption is barrier to all kinds of progress in the country. So we will not tolerate any kind of corruption in the ministry,” added the minister.