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Chandigarh MC gets Rs 2.4-cr furniture for incomplete building; mayor keeps the 14-seater sofa

Even as no one in the municipal corporation House is concerned about the delay in the construction of four additional floors of the MC building in Sector 17 — scheduled to be completed by January 2015, furniture for the building that cost Rs 2.38 crore was delivered to the MC three months ago. Most of the furniture, for which payment is yet to be made, is gathering dust at the Mahila Bhawan in Sector 38.

punjab Updated: Nov 03, 2016 12:59 IST
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Mayor Arun Sood is using furniture worth around Rs 10 lakh without following due procedure at his office for the past two months.
Mayor Arun Sood is using furniture worth around Rs 10 lakh without following due procedure at his office for the past two months. (HT File )

Even as no one in the municipal corporation House is concerned about the delay in the construction of four additional floors of the MC building in Sector 17 — scheduled to be completed by January 2015, furniture for the building that cost Rs 2.38 crore was delivered to the MC three months ago. Most of the furniture, for which payment is yet to be made, is gathering dust at the Mahila Bhawan in Sector 38.

However, mayor Arun Sood is using furniture worth around Rs 10 lakh without following due procedure at his office for the past two months.

What are the violations?

The mayor’s appropriation of the furniture — a 14-seater sofa set, 10 chairs and four tables — all supplied by private firm Godrej is illegal MC property. The furniture has to be first received by officers which is not done.

Then, an inspection committee of the MC has to give technical clearance to the furniture, stating that it meets specifications. This also remains undone. and thus makes the keeping of the furniture in office an illegal act.

Status of building and official version

As things stand, the furniture will remain in the mayor’s office for another six months — that is the time the officers of the MC’s engineering wing claim it will take for the three floors to be completed.

MC chief engineer NP Sharma said, “There was no space at the Bhawan in Sector-38, hence we kept some of the furniture in the mayor’s room. The furniture is still under the control of the private firm and we have just given them space.”

The mayor, who is in Australia on a official tour, did not respond to text messages.

Congress demands probe by administration

Wanting to take political mileage, Chandigarh Congress chief and former mayor Pardeep Chhabra said, “When the building has not been completed, why was the furniture bought in such a hurry. We demand that a senior officer with the administration should investigate that how had furniture been installed in the mayor’s office.”

He added that when no inspection committee had been formed, it was surprising that the furniture was not according to specification. How can such illegality be permitted.”