Pakhowal Road: ‘Missing’ since 2010, probe report never placed before MC

Pakhowal Road in Ludhiana. Gurmeet Singh

The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation failed to provide the enquiry report of the probe conducted in the payments made to the contractor for Pakhowal road (from Sidhwan canal to MC limit) under RTI for more than a year.

Citing the file as 'missing' from MC records, the MC till date has also failed to provide the bills of bitumen used for the project to RTI activist Kuldeep Singh Khaira who asked for information way back in 2011.

However, when the 'missing' file of enquiry report was found and provided to Khaira in January 2013, more than a year and half later, it has come out that the report was not presented in front of MC Commissioner at all. Through the RTI information provided by MC on April 11, 2011, it came out that the contract of repair of camber and laying 30mm SDBC on Pakhowal Road from Sidhwan Canal to MC limit amounting to Rs 1.49 crore was awarded to M/S S S Singla dated February 25, 2009 without analysing technical bids.

As per norms work for more than Rs 1 crore has to be awarded only after analysing technical bids of the bidder but it was not done.

Further, it came out that in violation of clause number 8 of work order, contractor did not execute an agreement on non-judicial stamp paper within 7 days. He executed the agreement on October 25, 2010, 19 months and 25 days after issuance of work order.

Not only this but the Finance and Contractual Committee (F&CC) itself debarred the contractor for extensive delay in work but still the then Mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura on the request of area councilor Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal gave a green signal to the same contractor. The agency was debarred by F& CC for two years dated October 7, 2010 but final payment was made to agency amounting Rs 1.60 crore on December 6, 2010 without prior approval of F& CC. (all copies with The Indian Express.)

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