After dilly-dallying for nearly two years, Chandigarh municipal corporation has framed charges against six engineers of public health wing in the case pertaining to substandard work during the laying of water pipes in March last year near Sector 26-27 roundabout in the city.
The erring engineers have been asked to reply within 15 days to the show-cause notices served on them.
Hindustan Times had been highlighting the MC’s nonchalant attitude to take the erring officials to the task.
Former chief engineer SS Bidda had concluded that due to the substandard work, water pipes burst leaving residents of Sectors 19, 20, 21, 26 to 30 without water supply for two days.
The charges have been framed against RS Bedi, executive engineer (now posted as executive engineer, division number 7, UT administration; Amit Sharma, junior engineer (currently holding charge of sub divisional engineer) and Rakesh Kumar, junior engineer.
“You caused losses to state exchequer as the very purpose of resorting uninterrupted water supply to the residents was defeated. As the water line was not tested before releasing the payment of Rs 9 lakh, it clearly shows lack of supervision and negligence in performing the duty and responsibilities,” reads the show-cause notice.
On the other hand, charges have also been framed against three other officials, namely BK Dhawan, executive engineer; Hansraj Gupta, sub divisional engineer and Angrej Singh, junior engineer.
Nominated councillor Surinder Bahga questioned why the officers remained sitting on the work for six years as it was allotted in 2008. “Why the action had not been taken against the officers for not completing the work, which was supposed to complete in 10 days. The episode has exposed MC’s non-seriousness on such important issues,” he said.
Bahga further said last year, when former chief engineer SS Bidda ordered to chargesheet all these officials, the chief engineer failed to take action.
The work was allotted to Zirakpur-based firm SB Enterprises in 2008 and the company left the work mid-way and later the work was allotted to a Kharar contractor, Rama Shankar.
Surprisingly, authorities concerned failed to take action against engineers for two years. In August this year, Zirakpur resident Avneet Kumar lodged a complaint with MC commissioner Bhawna Garg, requesting her to direct MC chief engineer to initiate proceedings as recommended by former chief engineer SS Bidda.