The engineers of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), who have pending cases in the corporation regarding use of inferior material for road construction among others may now be able to influence the process of investigation.
The MCD has decided to form a technical committee that would have members from the engineering department, who would also have a say in the enquiry being conducted. Till now, the vigilance department independently looks into the complaint regarding the engineers and forwards it to the Anti-Corruption branch of the Delhi government.
Now however, a technical committee under the chairmanship of Additional commissioner (engineering) would discuss the complaint and would decide whether it has to be forwarded to an external agency or not.
“The engineers had complained that their efforts were not being appreciated and they were not able to give counter arguments. Now the committee will listen to their point of view also before taking a decision to forward the complaint,” said MCD Commissioner K.S. Mehra.
The MCD engineers called off their dharna on Wednesday following assurance from the MCD Commissioner that a technical committee will be formed soon. The details of the composition of the to be formed committee is however, yet to be finalised.
The officers were on dharna for the last three days protesting arrest of 13 MCD engineers by the anti corruption branch of Delhi Government on graft charges for which cases have been registered against them since 2003. The cases related to charges of misusing funds through various modes including substandard construction work.
“We have decided to call off our dharna following an assurance from the commissioner that a committee will be formed to look into inconsistencies,” said A.Q. Khan, Secretary, Association of MCD engineers.