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Transfer corrupt MCG officials: Contractors

A group of private contractors has refused to take up projects of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) and alleged that some of the civic body officials force them to pay bribe in lieu of allotting tenders.

india Updated: Nov 18, 2011 00:46 IST
Dhananjay Jha

A group of private contractors has refused to take up projects of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) and alleged that some of the civic body officials force them to pay bribe in lieu of allotting tenders.

According to MCG officials, the process of awarding contract for various projects is stalled for the past three days.

An association of 70 contractors, listed on the MCG's panel, has been demanding immediate transfer of a few officials, including those of senior engineer rank.

"From junior to senior engineers, they ask for more shares in tender allocations," said one of the contractors. He, however, refused to disclose names of the corrupt officials.

The contractors said they will not apply for any fresh tender until some officials are transferred. "We tried to solve the issue with the MCG commissioner but it did not happen. We are planning to meet him again," said Suman Chaudhary, a member of the association.

MCG Commissioner Sudhir Rajpal said that he has not received any complaint from the contractors. "I am ready to listen to them to address their grievances. But they are not ready to talk in a dignified manner. They have not given us anything in writing, so how can I assume their grievances," Rajpal said.

The MCG, as part of a crackdown on erring contractors, has recently blacklisted five contractors for not delivering works on time or exceeding the tender period. The civic body can also cut up to 10% of the allotted budget, if a contractor fails to deliver the assignment properly.

"I cannot compromise with quality of work and also delay in any project. Contractors must follow the guidelines of each tender and deliver on time. I want to bring transparency in the system and in that way I have to filter some rotten materials," said BS Singroha, chief engineer, MCG.

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