Construction of a two-kilometre-long link road between Madhabpur and Padmachara was stopped by the authorities after the contractor was found to be using tree branches and substandard brick chips in the construction.
Contractor firm Adil Enterprise was building the road, in Kamalganj upazila of Moulvibazar, under Sylhet Division Project. The proprietor of the firm is Sundar Ali, a member of Kamalganj Sadar Union Parishad and also a former member of Jubo League's Kamalganj upazila unit.
Executive Engineer Abdur Rashid Khan of Moulvibazar Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED) said upon receiving complaints from various sources, he visited the site last week when he noticed tree branches, instead of deformed bars, were used in many parts of the road. Also, the brick chips the contractor was using were of inferior quality.
He said he immediately directed the contractor to stop the work and remove construction materials form the site.
Next course of action against the anomalies would be taken following due investigation, he added.
Assistant Engineer Khaled Hossain Khadem of LGED in Kamalganj upazila said they already informed the higher authorities regarding the allegations against the contractor.
During a visit to the area yesterday, this correspondent found a long stretch of the road between a newly-built culvert crumbling into fragments.
Contacted for his comments on using poor quality brick chips and replacing iron rods with tree branches in the construction of the road, Sundar Ali, the contractor firm's proprietor, refuted the accusations.
He also claimed that the main phase of the road's construction work is yet to begin.