Executive engineer says contractor was eligible, complainant differs

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 29, 2016 14:00 IST

In response to MC public health wing executive engineer BK Dhawan’s reply in a case pertaining to the allotment of tubewell project worth ` 40 lakh to an ineligible contractor, the complainant has raised objections over the reply.

Pawan Kumar Gupta, director, Envirocure Project Private Limited, Chandigarh, has written to the MC commissioner that the reply is not based on the facts. According to the complaint, RR Builders, which was allotted the work, was ineligible for the contract. The firm worked in the field of supply of labour, it never carried out the works of operation and maintenance, or repair of rewinding of motors, stated Gupta.

The complaint further states that executive engineer BK Dhawan allotted the work, ignoring the central vigilance commission (CVC) guidelines, and did not validate the contractor’s documents.

In his reply, Dhawan had stated the contractor had earlier executed similar works, and had fulfilled the conditions as laid down by the CVC.

The issue will be taken up in the House meeting on Friday. BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi said, “It is a serious issue and should be probed as to how the executive engineer recommended the case of ineligible contractor.” Earlier, MC superintending engineer NP Sharma, during an inquiry, had also found Dhawan guilty of “misuse of official position and abuse of power”, following which a show-cause notice was issued against him.


The eligibility criteria for receiving a project is that a contractor should either have completed at least three works of similar nature to 40% amount of the tender, or two similar works of 50% of tendered amount or one work of 80% of the tendered work.

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