Raising question over the quality of material being used by the contractors, two samples of material being used in carpeting of roads in Panchkula have failed the quality test.
The binder content has been found low on roads carpeted in the Industrial Area and Sector 15. According to the sample report submitted by Shri Ram Institute of Industrial Research (SRIIR), the binder content of the material used on one of the stretches in the Industrial Area was 1.98 against the permissible limit of 5.5 (mass percentage), while it was 4.67 in Sector 15.
Confirming the reports, superintendent engineer (SE) Anil Mehta said two samples had failed and appropriate action would be initiated against the contractors concerned. “According to the norms, variation of .3 is allowed, but the reports are way below the permissible limits. We have directed the contractor to relay the entire stretch, ”informed Mehta, adding the erring contractors would also face penalty, which would be deducted while clearing their dues.
Mayor Upinder Kaur demanded the defaulters’ contract should be terminated. “There has been no compromise with the quality of material being used. A strict action should be taken against the erring contractor.”
Recently, samples collected by the SRIIR and National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR) of the Sector 12/11 road had also pointed out the material used had low binder content, which was 4.28 and 4.29 against the permissible limit and the contractors were asked to give proper finish to the roads.
It is pertinent to mention that almost all roads of the city are in need of immediate repair. The carpeting work was started on March 23, but has been marred by controversies and delays.
It’s been over three months the work started in the first phase is yet to be completed. The civic body had sanctioned a budget of around Rs 35 crore for the work, of which three tenders worth around Rs 16 crore were allocated in the first phase.
After commencement of the carpeting work, a lot of hue and cry was raised over the poor quality material being used for the work and corruption allegations were also levelled against officials and contractors. Besides, there have been controversies about the agencies deputed for collection of samples not following the norms.