Though the vigilance officer of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation Sarita Malik was transferred before she could submit the report of inquiry conducted into the wrongs in the operation and maintenance of the sewerage treatment plant at Diggian, SAS Nagar, the officer had detected large-scale irregularities, HT has found.
Investigations carried out by HT found that officials floated tenders for the STP’s maintenance in violation of the conditions laid down in the detailed notice inviting tenders (DNIT), thus causing a loss of nearly Rs 3 crore in the past five years.
In the written statement submitted to the inquiry officer, the officials concerned took the excuse of not having read the DNIT before sending the requisition for disposal of sludge, maintain the premises, and take care of supply of chemicals and reagents.
As per the terms and conditions laid down in the notice inviting tenders, it was mentioned that the company running the plant would look after all the said works.
The contract was given to a Pune-based company in 2007 to construct STP of 30MGD at Diggian and later the company was asked to run the same for 10 years after successful trial run for 180 days, which ended on November 27, 2010.
As per the written statement of the then executive engineer VK Gag, who held the post from February 14, 2008 to April 4,2011, the then sub divisional engineer Harish Saini, sent them the demand for dewatering poly-electrolyte (DWPE) and testing of samples of affluent etc. “The provision for all these works was made by the SDE,” Garg stated.
On the other hand, Harish Saini said, “I didn’t read the DNIT, however, the requisitions were prepared by me after consulting VK Garg.”
Even BK Dhawan and Jaspal Singh, who too had remained on the post of SDE, in their statements stated that they didn’t read the DNIT and followed the pattern already in vogue.
The then JEs, Lalit Kumar and Gaurav Pal, submitted that the schedule of quantities for the purchase of chemicals, transportation of sludge etc., was prepared and submitted to the SDE as per the verbal instructions of the SDE and the executive engineers concerned.
Mahinder pal, head draftsman (August 2000 - 2012) submitted that he was not aware of the conditions laid down in the DNIT.