CONTRACTS WORTH crores of rupees for over three-dozen
development works were literally up for grabs amidst complete lawlessness and pandemonium that prevailed in the LDA on Thursday.
The aspirants submitted the tenders, on second thought, took them out from the tender box at the Chief Engineer’s office, filled up another one in its place and dropped them back at their will.
The free-for-all “rigging” continued for hours on end. Throwing all norms to winds, the anti-socials that largely comprise this brigade went about their job with a clockwork precision right under the nose of the LDA Chief Engineer’s staff.
The perpetrators turned off the hi-tech close circuit cameras that have been installed by the LDA to keep an eye on precisely such a situation. The LDA Chief Engineer DR Yadav, who was suppose to remain present and supervise the whole process was no where to be seen. Not even at 4 pm when the said tenders were opened and work contracts were promptly awarded as if nothing was amiss.
Sure enough, Chief Engineer Yadav when contacted by HT Lucknow Live denied that anything of this sort had happened. The whole incident would have gone unnoticed had the word not reached LDA VC BB Singh’s ears. In a hard-hitting letter to the Chief Engineer, the LDA VC has not only cancelled all the tenders but also sought an explanation from the former within two days over the unabashed and blatant manner in which the tender proceedings were hijacked by the anti-social elements.
“It has come to my knowledge that the contractors manipulated the tenders according to their convenience and that you had not made any security arrangements for the same. In fact, you were not present when the tenders were opened at 4 pm,” states the missive. Such anarchy cannot be allowed to prevail on the department’s premises. As such, please, identify the culprits and submit me their names within two days so that they can be debarred/blacklisted from participating in all future tenders, points out the letter.
The LDA VC has also sought the chief engineer’s explanation as to why no prior information of the event was given to the police as is usually done in such cases. A copy of the letter has also been sent to LDA Secretary to ensure that proper police/security arrangements are put in place in all such future awarding of contracts by the development agency.