Mamunur Rashid back from Cox's Bazar with Farhad Iqbal
Large-scale forgery and misappropriation of compensation worth Tk 23 crore for acquisition of land have been detected in the country's biggest coal-based power generation project at Maheshkhali Upazila's Matarbari in Cox's Bazar.
The capacity of the planned power plant at is 1320 MW and it involves an outlay of Tk35000 crore.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will advance a loan of Tk. 28,985 crore for the project and the government will contribute an amount of Tk 7,338 crore.
The rest Tk 3,998 crore will come from the implementing agency-Coal Power Generation Company Limited (CPGCBL). The project is scheduled to be completed by June 2023.
Japanese donor agency JICA allocated an amount of Tk 237 crore as compensation money for the project. An amount of Tk 40 crore has been disbursed as compensation.
Of the amount, forgery involving Tk 23 crore has been detected in the primary investigation conducted by a committee constituted by the district administration.
Meanwhile, in the wake of the detection of the forgery, certificate case notices against 21 persons involved in the gobbling of Tk 23 crore have been served and an enquiry committee with Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Revenue as its chief has also been formed.
Besides, departmental cases against four officials have been filed and the payment of compensation money for land acquisition has been stopped.
It is alleged that in collusion with some corrupt officials of the district administration and the Department of Fisheries the amount of money has been embezzled by some local political leaders.
The forgery took place while acquiring the land. Those who embezzled Tk 23 crore are not the real owners of fishing projects and land plots. They took away the money showing fake documents and certificates. Besides, the extent of damage to shrimp firms has increased.
To recover the money taken away through forgery, Cox's Bazar district administration has filed certificate cases against 21 persons of Matarbari island of Maheskhali.
Departmental cases have also been filed against four officers namely former chief assistant of land acquisition section Abul Kashem Majumder, Kanangu Abdul Kader, Surveyors Fakrul Islam and Badsha Mia. To investigate the forgery an enquiry committee with Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Revenue as its chief has been formed.
Those who have been served with certificate case notices are-Dhalghata Union Council Chairman AL leader Ahsanullah Bacchu (Tk 68 lakh 58 thousand), BNP leader Rafiqul Islam Prakash Vender Rafique (Tk two crore 22 lakh 90 thousand), Noor Mohammad of Matarbari's Titmari (Tk 14 lakh 24 thousand), Mohammad Selim of Kalarmarchhara (Tk one crore 17 lakh 41 thousand), Nurul Islam of Kerontali (Tk 68 lakh 98 thousasnd), Abul Bashar of Badarkhali (Tk 30 lakh), Ruhul Amin of Matarbari (Tk.25 lakh 71 thousand), Selim of Matarbari (Tk one crore 33 lakh), Jamiruddin of Matarbari (Tk two crore four lakh) Samiuddin (Tk. One crore six lakh), Erfan (Tk. One crore 17 lakh), Anisur Rahman (Tk. One crore 17 lakh forty one thousand), Danu Mia (Tk. One crore six lakh sixty eight thousand), Harun (Tk. 37 lakh), Mir Kashem (Tk. One crore 17 lakh 68 thousanhd), Riduan (Tk. One crore 17 lakh 67 thousand), Aminul Islam of Maizpara (Tk. One crore 25 lakh), Saki Alam (Tk 34 lakh 29 thousand), Jahangir Alam (Tk. 68 lakh 98 thousand) and late Abul Hossain's son Ashraf Ali (Tk. One crore six lakh 68 thousand).
Asked about the allegation Chairman of Dhalghat Union Council AL leader Ahsanullah Bacchu said, "We are the real owners of shrimp projects. We have not taken recourse to forgery. If we resorted to forgery, why did they give us money? Why did they not scrutinise before giving money? How are we at fault for this?"
The DC of Cox's Bazar Mohammad Ruhul Amin said, "Sensing forgery at the beginning of the largest coal-based power project an inquiry committee has been formed."
The ADC (Revenue) of Cox's Bazar and inquiry committee chief Mohammad Jafar Alam said, "I have started investigation into the forgery along with the district fisheries officer and UNO of Maheshkahali."
District certificate officer Mohammad Mobarak Hossain confirmed about the filing 21 certificate cases.