The role of former executive engineer, sub-divisional engineer (SDE) and junior engineer of the UT public health department has come under the scanner of the UT vigilance department for allegedly releasing a payment of Rs 1.78 lakh to an Industrial Area-based private company for cleaning non-existent water tanks at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, and its residential complexes.
The officials had failed to produce satisfactory documents about the funds released within the 24 hours of the allotment of work on March 29, 2012. Besides, there is a large difference between the number of PVC water tanks cleaned, or shown in the report, and the actual number of water tanks at the site.
The vigilance inquiry has revealed the payment was released without a written order, which is a strict violation of rules.
A technical expert, junior engineer Anup Kumar, appointed by the vigilance on September 21, 2015, assessed the number of tanks cleaned, and the number shown in the measurement book while clearing the bill. In his report, he submitted that there was a difference of total 101 tanks of 500litre capacity in the measurement book — the officials had claimed that total 267 tanks were cleaned while Kumar found there are only 160 tanks at the site. Similarly, in the category of 300 litre capacity tanks, 14 tanks entries fake were found.
During the inquiry, then executive engineer Rajesh Bansal, — who was holding an additional charge — sub-divisional engineer Lalit Wadhwa and junior engineer Ishwar Saini told the vigilance that on the request of residents, the entire work was done in haste. The vigilance wing had asked them to show the written order of the payment.
Talking to Hindustan Times, senior superintendent of police, vigilance, Maneesh Chaudhary, said the probe was on to verify how the funds were released without a written order. I am going through the records to understand the violations made by them. The large difference between the actual number of tanks and the number shown in the final report is being examined.”
Meanwhile, Rahul Rana, a resident of SAS Nagar, complainant in the case, said he was not being taken in the loop by the UT vigilance department.