THE ‘UNWARRANTED’ renovation work being carried out at Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), with Rs 9 crore sanctioned by the State Government, has created a heap of scrap estimated to be worth over Rs 1 crore. Just as the renovation work raised the eyebrows of many, the scrap piling up on the premises too is being objected to by the institute staff and administration.
Despite the former director’s directives and instructions by the SGPGIMS finance officer that the ‘civil’ scraps should be sold off only after inviting tenders through publication of tender notice, some officers have initiated correspondence to sell off the scrap to their favourite firms.
The first such attempt was made a few months ago when the renovation work began though it was shot down by the former director and the finance officer.
Through the letters, the officers had attempt to get clearance to award contract of buying scrap to a firm that had purchased some scrap in April 2004 and June 2005. Not only had the officers recommended selling scrap to the firm at the same rate at which the firm had purchased the scraps in April 2004 and June 2005. At this the then director had sought opinion form the finance officer.
The latter had objected to selling of scraps at the two year old cost while the cost of scrap had increased substantially since. The finance officer had recommended tenders to be invited to sell the scrap.
“The same bunch of officers who have been at it since the director retired have once again initiated the process and have sent correspondence to the officiating director. On September 14, the officers wrote a letter to the officiating director, Prof RK Gupta to clear the contract in favour of the same firm at the same rates at which the firm had purchased scraps two years ago,” said one of the SGPGIMS administration staff. HT Lucknow Live has copies of this correspondence.
The scrap being generated now is enormous and piles of it are collecting at the backyard of the institute. The civil scrap—steel doors, windows, mild steel, angles, grills, etc—from renovation work in all the corridors and hall ways in all seven floors of the massive building is in a huge quantity. The officiating director could not be contacted for comment.
The scrap are being generated out of replacements of original iron doors/windows/grills by moulded aluminum windows and doors. This entire renovation work too has already been dubbed “unwarranted” as the State Government had sanctioned Rs 9 crore for repairs in entire SGPGIMS premises.
The money instead is being diverted for renovation.