The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) paid more money for installing plastic speed breakers on the city roads then the market price.
For setting up a metre of speed breaker, the civic body pays to its contractors around Rs. 3,400, which is up to three times higher than the present market price. This was revealed in the response to an RTI filed by a resident of Sector 46.
HT along with the RTI applicant, Jagjit Singh Walia, checked the price of speed breakers in the market and found that the material and labour for installation comes to only Rs. 1,100 per metre.
Walia, in his RTI application, had asked how the MCG constructed these speed breakers and how much did it cost.
The rates of MCG quoted in the RTI reply were Rs. 3,400 per metre. These were plastic speed breakers and the cost includes transportation, sales tax and VAT, loading and installation charges.
"I had doubts about MCG rates. So I decided to check the rates. I found that the company hired by the MCG seems to be fooling the authorities," Walia said.
According to Parvina Enterprises, the firm which deals in plastic speed breakers, the rate including installation was R1,100 per metre. Another firm Sidhi Vinayak Enterprises quoted the rate Rs. 1,950 including installation.
Officials deny of misuse of fund, saying the contracts have been issued as per norms.
"There are different varieties of speed breakers available in the market. Those which we have got installed are the best ones and the contractor is giving us one year of warranty. It means they are responsible for any damage. We gave them contracts by following proper tender procedure," said Rajesh Bansal, executive engineer, MCG.