Engg dept complained against DGP house renovation, but no one acted
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Probe panel goes after work inspector who did not report 'vandalism'; PPHC promises repair
The multi-million renovation at the house of former Punjab DGP P S Gill that continued for almost a year for his one-and-a-half-year stay till retirement on September 30, 2011, had raised the hackles of the Chandigarh engineering department, and it had complained to the house allotment committee of the UT administration, but no action was taken.
As it probes the "vandalism" of its property by the Punjab Police Housing Corporation (PPHC) while extracting the Rs 85 lakh it spent on installing metal fencing, temporary fabricated sheds, gadgets, furniture, upholstery and landscaping of Gill's house, the engineering department now contends that such renovation was unauthorised and should have been stopped then. "The department had complained about the renovation to the house allotment committee," says chief engineer S K Chadha.
UT Finance Secretary V K Singh says though any major renovation should have the sanction of the administration, in case it's security-related, the administration does not come in the way. "The DGP has been a highly guarded person in Punjab since the terrorism days, so they installed metal fencing for security. Whatever damage the Punjab Police Housing Corporation has caused, it has promised to repair. We are awaiting the final report. It is not the first time that a government house has been damaged after its occupants have moved out. We will try to ensure that this does not happen in the future," Singh says.
While Punjab's home department — former DGP Gill was also briefly appointed as advisor, home, after his retirement as DGP and before he contested from Moga — is yet to put its stamp of approval on the hefty renovation bill, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has sought a reply from the state government on how much was spent on renovation.
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