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Five months on, MC fails to act against officials

chandigarh Updated: Aug 12, 2014 11:56 IST
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Despite orders of filing charge sheet against four officers responsible for carrying out substandard work while connecting a water pipe in March this year, the municipal corporation (MC) has failed to take any action.

It was on March 15 when the said officers were connecting the main water pipeline with bypass arrangements near the Sector 26-27 roundabout burst. Resultantly, water supply to the seven sectors — Sectors 20, 21, 26 to 30 — was interrupted for two days.

Former Congress area councillor Devinder Singh Babla and BJP councillor Satinder Singh lodged complaints against the officers, following which former chief engineer of the civic body SS Bidda ordered filing of charge sheet against these officers.

The four officers are subdivisional engineer (SDE) BK Dhawan, who is also holding charge of executive engineer, Amit Sharma and Hansraj Gupta; and junior engineer Angrej Singh.

Surprisingly, Dhawan, who is also holding the additional charge of executive engineer in addition to his own duty as SDE, is only performing the duties of an executive engineer.

Also, Hansraj Gupta is looking after the charge of Dhawan as SDE.

And, Amit Sharma is currently having the charge of two sub-divisions.

However, when contacted, superintending engineer, public health department, RC Diwan said, “I have sought explanation from the four officers, but have not taken any action.”

Nominated councillor Surinder Bahga said, “It seems the department is rewarding them by giving them additional charge, instead of filing charge sheet against them.”

When contacted, municipal corporation’s chief engineer Mukesh Anand said, “I am not aware of the matter and will look into the matter on Tuesday.”