Rs 1.14L spent on nameplate at VC’s home
An imported brass nameplate with lights screaming ‘Dr H Maheshappa, Vice-Chancellor of Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU)’, welcomes you to Jnana Sangama, the VC’s residence, in Belagavi.
The nameplate, allegedly priced at Rs 1.14 lakh, is not the only opulent ornament adorning the bungalow. Aro8und Rs 4.24 crore of VTU’s funds has been allegedly spe8nt on renovations, according to a fresh complaint on irregularities in the university.
The complaint has been filed by the Private Contractors’ Association of Belagavi before Justice Keshava Narayan who is probing irregularities in VTU. The one-man commission was constituted by governor Vajubhai R Vala last year.
The allegations: The association alleged that contracts were divided by the VC into numerous piece works to circumvent the Karnataka Transparency in Public Procurement (KTPP) Act.
According to the Act, any project worth Rs 5 lakh or above has to be carried out by way of tender. The renovation works were awarded to contractors by quoting below Rs 5 lakh, the association said.
Documents suggest that renovation works for the bungalow were splintered into 95 pieces – for instance, five LED televisions were procured from different sources at an estimated cost of Rs 4 to 4.9 lakh each.
Reacting to the complaints, Maheshappa said: “Renovation work is going on, but I have neither received bills nor made any payment to the contractors so far.” He blamed former VTU VC Balaveer Reddy for making false claims. “No money has been spent in an arbitrary manner. Besides, the VC’s bungalow is not private property but the varsity’s asset,” he said.
Courtesy : TOI