The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has blacklisted Delhi-based advertising company Pioneer Publicity for forging documents in its submission in response to tenders for operation and maintenance of five public toilets in various markets of Chandigarh. The CHB has also written to the municipal corporation Chandigarh and the UT Administration regarding the same.
The tenders were called three months back and scrutiny revealed that firm’s experience certificate, purportedly issued by the New Delhi Municipal Cor poration ( NDMC), was forged.
CHB public health department executive engineer Rajiv Singla said: “After the document was found forged, we decided to blacklist the company as per the terms and conditions of the tender. The municipal corporation and the UT Administration have been informed.”
However, the regional head of company, Deepak Sood feigned ignorance of any such matter and said: “I am not aware of any blacklisting, but will find it out.”
Interestingly, Pioneer Publicity is the same firm which participated in the tender for 80 public toilets floated by the MC in June 2013.
It was disqualified and raised a lot of hue and cry. Escalating matters further, the firm’s partner and Panchkula-based company Taksh Media even lodged a complaint with the UT adviser and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) alleging that the 2007 tenders called for 80 public toilets were allotted to another firm in violation of the terms and conditions and the agency lodged a preliminary inquiry into the matter.
“This proves the malafide conduct of the complainant Ashok Kumar of Taksh Media Limited. He and his associates had not only pressured us to consider and allot the tender of 80 public toilets to them, but having failed, filed a complaint against us in CBI.”