Despite the directions issued by the state government, the contractors of various ongoing government projects in the city have failed to put up display boards, giving information about the projects, at the construction sites.
According to the directions issued by state government in 2005, it is mandatory to put a board at work site, displaying all the information regarding the ongoing project, including the name of project, estimated cost of project, date of commencement, expected date of completion, name of contractor and his telephone number, name and telephone number of executive engineer for lodging complaint, if any.
The issue was initially raised by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) – “People for Transparency”. Organisation’s secretary advocate Kamal Anand said people were not aware of such rules and such issues generally got ignored by everyone. “But these issues need attention more than any other thing,” he said, adding that when people would get to know about the cost of the project, there would be less chances of corruption in that project.
The organisation had registered a complaint to the district administration, following which DC Arshdeep Singh Thind, in last week of February, had directed the respective departments to make sure that the display boards with all the information should be there at all work sites and should be big enough to be clearly visible to the public.
Two months on, no display board has been installed on the work sites in Sangrur. Currently, many development works worth hundreds of crores are under progress in Sangrur; however none of them have any display board.
The cost of projects, including the laying of roads at dairy development centre, new bus stand and Guru Nanak Colony run into crores. Similarly, the city council had also started the development works worth over `16 crores in 27 wards of the city. None of these projects have any display board for information of the public. Meanwhile, when a contractor was asked about why he did not put the board, he arrogantly said there was no need to put such board. “If you need any information, you can ask the executive officer (EO) of council,” he said. Meanwhile, EO of council said he would make sure that display boards were installed at every project site at the earliest.
People complaining about material used
The recently initiated projects of the council are under trouble, as the residents have raised question over the quality of material being used for the work.
Under the project, the drainage pipes are being laid in Guru Nanak Colony. The residents of the locality said the contractor was just doing the formality on the name of the work, as he was using inferior quality material for the work.
Nitish Kumar, a resident, said they wanted the material to be tested before it was being used for construction. Kumar alleged that in order to fill their pockets, the contractor was using cheap material, which would not last long.
Meanwhile, a contractor, who refused to reveal his name, said this was only way he worked. “If anyone has a complaint about quality of material, he should go to council,” he said.
Council EO Bushan Agarwal said they have received the complaints and orders have been issued to stop the work. He said the material being used would be tested before further use.