In a move that has raised questions over the its functioning, the Amritsar improvement trust (AIT) has floated tenders for three developmental works that have already been completed.
Sources said that tenders were called for developmental projects in Amritsar central constituency, including for projects such as paving the lanes in a particular ward that had already been completed. Tenders for more than 30 works were floated last month, and AIT officials maintained that only three pertained to completed projects.
Local Congress leaders demanded a probe into the matter. Youth Congress leader Vikas Soni said that these tenders were floated on June 21. "These included tenders for works that have already been completed. The Trust should offer clarification about such irregularities, besides conducting a probe into the matter," he said. He added that matter came to the light following an RTI query by a local resident.
AIT chairman Sandeep Rishi maintained that an inquiry had already been ordered into the matter, adding that the works were advertised under Section 69 (A) of Punjab Town Improvement Trust Act. "A superintending engineer has been deputed to look into the matter. He shall submit a report within seven days," he said.
Rishi admitted that tenders pertaining to three completed projects were wrongly advertised. "These works were worth Rs 10 lakh and pertained to paving of a street and installation of two hand pumps," he said.