CHB chief engineer suspended for showing undue favour to contractor

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jan 09, 2016 11:27 IST
Chandigarh Housing Board. (HT FILE PHOTO)

Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) chairman Maninder Singh on Friday suspended board chief engineer Sunil Kumar for causing delay in construction of flats in Sector 63 and giving undue favour to the project contractor.

HT had highlighted the issue in December last year, following which a detailed report was sought in this regard. The report was submitted to the chairman on Friday, following which he suspended chief engineer.

The reports concluded that the chief engineer did not act against contractor BL Mehta despite serious lapses, and no penalty - that could be in crores - was charged from him, thereby causing a huge loss the exchequer. Instead, he was given extension many times, stated the report.

Neither the contractor provided the required inspection lift for supervision, as per the agreement, nor he installed the necessary machines used for mixing concrete material - of mandatory six batch-mixing plants, only three were installed - which had caused the delay, it was said.

As per the agreement, the contractor had to provide the inspection lift for a capacity of minimum 10 persons in each block, but he failed to do so.

The report also said though Sunil Kumar was aware of these lapses, instead of taking action, he gave repeated extensions to his agency concerned, and didn’t seek the opinion from the XENs of the CHB public health and electrical wings.

Launched in 2008, the work on the project was started in 2010 and a total of 2,108 flats had to be constructed under the scheme, of which total 336 are three bedrooms, 888 two bedrooms, 564 one bedroom and 320 EWS (Economically Weaker Section) sets.

Of total 2,108 flats, the contraction of as many as 1,668 units was given to BL Mehta, while the work to construct the rest of the flats was given to Krishna Construction and Telecommunication Consultancy And Engineering Company.

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