Strange, but true. One of the six erring municipal corporation (MC) engineers, who were to get show-cause notices over substandard work in laying of water pipes, has been told by the MC authorities to handle the case himself and prepare a draft for the said notice.
The orders to issue show-cause notices to six MC engineers were given around 10 days back. While executive engineer BK Dhawan has been given the work to draft his own show-cause notice, the others involved in the episode, are executive engineer RS Bedi (now executive engineer, Chandigarh administration), sub-divisional engineers Amit Sharma, Hansraj Gupta and junior engineers Angrej Singh and Rakesh Kumar.
The case pertains to substandard work during laying of water pipes in March last year near Sector 26-27 roundabout in the city.
Questioning the delay in issuing the show-cause notices to the erring XENs, BJP councillor Satinder Singh, who had also lodged a complaint last year against them, asked as to why one of the erring XENs has been asked to prepare the draft of the show-cause notices? He further alleged that officers are hand in glove and do not want to take action against each other. “I will take up the issue with the MC commissioner,” he added.
Hindustan Times, in its series of reports, had highlighted the issue that how the sub-standard work had led to bursting of water pipe and caused non-supply of water to Sectors 20, 21, 26 to 30 for two days.
As former chief engineer SS Bidda had even recommended that payment amounting to Rs 10 lakh, which was paid to the contractor, should be recovered from the defaulting officers. Now to cover up the issue, public health wing of the civic body had again taken up the repair work of pipes at Sector 26-27 roundabout last week.
However even after repeated attempts, municipal corporation’s chief engineer Mukesh Anand could not be contacted for comments. On October 8 this month, MC chief engineer had ordered issuing of show-cause notices and had said, “If the reply is not satisfactory, we will chargesheet them. But to date, no notices have been issued.”
Former chairman of the Federation of Sectors Welfare Association of Chandigarh PC Sanghi said, “Since the erring engineers and senior officers are hand in glove and reluctant to take action, why the secretary local government is not taking up the issue?” he questioned.