Cong moves VB for probe into hiring of sweeping machine

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Jul 22, 2016 16:33 IST
Congress councillors submitting a memorandum to SSP (vigilance) Alka Meena in Jalandhar on Thursday. (HT Photo)

The much-hyped project of the municipal corporation (MC) to clean the main roads of the city with a sweeping machine faces another trouble as the Congress has approached the Vigilance Bureau (VB) and sought an inquiry into the whole issue.

After accusing mayor Sunil Jyoti and municipal commissioner GS Khaira of embezzlement of around Rs 26 crore, Congress councillors, led by leader of the opposition Jagdish Raja, on Thursday, visited the bureau office and complained to senior superintendent of police (SSP) vigilance Alka Meena against Jyoti and Khaira for hiring a sweeping machine at a whopping cost.

In a memorandum submitted to the SSP, councillors said the mayor and the commissioner have hired a sweeping machine at a cost of Rs 30 crore for five years, even though the same work can be carried out at a cost of Rs 3.5 crore.

“The proposal of the sweeping machine was taken up in the finance and contract committee meeting and mayor Sunil Jyoti got the approval for it despite opposition by senior deputy mayor Kamaljit Singh Bhatia and another member Ravi Mahendru,” the memorandum read.

“We feel that the tenders floated by the MC were only to favour a single party as other competitors could not compete,” it stated.

Meanwhile, Alka Meena said that the case had been sent to headquarters in Chandigarh for a decision.

Special MC house meeting demanded

Congress councillors on Thursday called for a special house meeting of the municipal corporation. The councillors, led by leader of opposition in the MC Jagdish Raja, submitted a memorandum to municipal commissioner GS Khaira in this regard.

The memorandum stated that as corruption charges are being levelled agaisnt the mayor by senior deputy mayor Kamaljit Singh Bhatia, it calls for an immediate discussion.

Raja said that the opposition has made a demand for a special meeting under Section 55 (2) of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act 1976, on the basis of which one-fourth of councillors can make a demand for a special meeting.

GS Khaira could not be reached for comments.

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