3 Chandigarh engineers in dock for unaccounted payments

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 05, 2015 08:53 IST

Holding them guilty of making a fraudulent payment of Rs 1.78 lakh to an Industrial Area-based private company for cleaning non-existent water tanks at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, and its residential complex, UT public health department’s superintending engineer (SE) has indicted his three subordinates.

In his inquiry report submitted to the UT chief engineer, SK Chadha, SE Tarlochan Singh has indicted the then executive engineer (holding an additional charge) Rajesh Bansal, subdivisional engineer (SDE) Lalit Wadhwa and junior engineer (JE) Ishwar Saini, while stating that there was a large difference in the number of PVC water tanks cleaned at the site against those installed there. Besides, some PVC tanks had not even been cleaned, the report said.

The payment of Rs 1.78 lakh was made within 24 hours of allotment of work on March 29, 2012, which seemed an impossible feat, it pointed out.

It stated that underground storage tanks of 4-lakh litres capacity and about 388 PVC tanks of capacity ranging from 300 litres to 5,000 litres were required to be cleaned. Moreover, the cleaning method of underground water tanks consisted of six stages — mechanical, dewatering, removal of leftover dirty water/sludge, cleaning of wall ceiling and floor by high pressure water jetting equipment, removal of residual sludge from floor with the help of vacuum cleaner, spray of non-toxic, biodegradable, ecofriendly anti-bacterial agents and treatment of inside tank by exposing to UV radiation.

Besides, 317 PVC tanks were located on the terrace of houses and prior intimation was needed to be given to occupants before the cleaning work.

The report also suggested that the accounts used by the participating contractual agencies to submit the earnest money needed to be looked into. When contacted, SK Chadha, chief engineer, said strict action would be taken against the guilty officials.

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