The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has said that a half-million-dollar police training center which was built by the US is literally “melting.”
The latest report released by SIGAR on Thursday said the training center which was built in Central Wardak province was badly constructed where substandard materials were used by the Afghan contractor.
The report further added that the roof was built of plastic with a concrete cap, instead of the sturdy gravel and contract called for under the contract.
The sand bricks that were too small were substituted for the agreed-upon clay bricks and that support beams weren’t securely fastened to the structure, the report added.
SIGAR said the center began to disintegrate just four months after it was completed in 2012 due to shoddy construction that was allowed to happen because U.S. Central Command contracting commanders failed to oversee the project appropriately.
According to SIGAR, the government of Afghanistan is rebuilding the complex itself, calling it an “embarrassment”
In the meantime, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) has said it would try to find and, if necessary, discipline the contracting commanders responsible.
The CENTCOM has also promised to take corrective action, including seeking compensation from the contractor if appropriate.