Road quality goes from bad to worse; officials busy passing the buck

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 23, 2015 11:59 IST

Two days after the chief engineer of municipal corporation shot a letter to superintendent engineer of the civic body over shoddy carpeting of roads, it has come to the fore that the MC does not even follow proper mechanism to ensure the quality of works.

In December last year, superintendent engineer NP Sharma had also sent a letter to all executive engineers, slamming them for not carrying out quality control checks in their areas, resulting in deterioration of roads infrastructure in just a few months.

Questions are now being raised over no specific mechanism to ensure the quality check of the city roads.

Former mayor Subhash Chawla said, “It is unfortunate that the officials are just passing the buck by writing letters. On the ground, the reality is different as the condition of roads is going from bad to worse. Though councillors are raising the issues, no heed is being paid by the officials, and people are holding us responsible. The officers never follow the mandatory practices before the carpeting roads, and contractors also enjoy their patronage.”

Raising the issue of not following the proper practice, nominated councillor Surinder Bahga said the quality of roads was being either checked by National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR), Sector 26, or Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, and both of these institutes didn’t have latest equipment to check the quality.

He added that roads should be checked by the public works department (PWD), Punjab, which used modern equipment and technology, and could not be manipulated by getting approval from anyone.

“Now they are writing letters to save their own skin. They should, instead, take measures to follow the proper quality control checks,”he said.

Congress councillor Mukesh Bassi, who raised the issue of use of sub-standard material in Sector 19, said, “These officers make payments without even checking the quality of work. Huge public money is being spent, but quality is being compromised.”

On March 18, in a scathing letter to superintendent engineer NP Sharma, MC chief engineer Mukesh Anand had stated that despite his clear instructions regarding various carpeting works, nothing was being done to ensure the quality.

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