New Delhi: In a major setback, 14 out of 18 chief engineers and senior officials of the Road Transport and Highways Ministry and National Highways Authority of India resigned on Wednesday following the alleged incidents of continuous misbehavior of Minister for Road Transport and Highways C P Joshi and Gajendra Haldea, advisor to Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

Sources from the Ministry said, “The resignations en bloc have come in response to the incidents that they (resigned chief engineers) term it as misconduct of Haldea. Also, they took exception to working of the Ministry.”

The chief engineers who resigned from their posts alleged Haldea of forcing them to carry the construction of highways under the EPC project which lacks transparency.

“We want a fair bidding process. All the contractors must be given fair chance. Haldea was opposing our demands and was angry with us to such an extent that he had started insulting us publicly during the meetings,” a chief engineer said while talking to Jagran.

The engineers have also expressed their displeasures over the working style of Joshi. They alleged that the Minister being very “negligent” in his work was not able to take immediate decision on any project and consequently the pending work is mounting in the ministry.

JPN/Bureau