Considering that no heads have rolled despite the bad condition of roads, one can safely surmise that contractors usually get away with a job poorly done.
On an average, the unified MCD used to blacklist nearly 14 contractors every year. But the three corporations together have banned only eight contractors since April last year. Many contractors have been given work orders again despite a shoddy job.
Also, many blacklisted contractors have floated new companies registered in their spouses’ names and scored contracts. And Delhi has gotten more bumpier and dustier.
“What is the use of blacklisting them? They continue doing a shoddy job and we can’t take action against them,” said a senior official.
“We have received a lot of such complaints. We have asked the engineering department to keep a tab on them,” said Yogender Chandolia, chairman of north corporation’s standing committee.
Many contractors have small-scale set-ups. They lack the manpower trained to build and repair roads, which affects the quality of their work.
“We have already blacklisted two contractors. We keep an eye out for poor quality work but there is fool-proof way to ensure such contractors do not make a comeback,” said a senior official of east corporation.
However, some councillors defended the contractors too. Leader of the House, North Corporation Mahender Nagpal said that it is not always the contractor’s fault that roads develop cracks.
“Sometimes the corporations are unable to garner enough funds to pay the contractor,” he said.