With the Parliamentary polls in sight, the Municipal Corporation of Bathinda (MCB) might have shown promptness by allowing metaling of roads in the month of December but the same was proving counter productive.
The roads which were metaled in the first half of December last year across the city have developed potholes and gravel used in premix has come out at many places and the situation is raising question marks towards the urban body's way to keep a check on the ongoing developmental works and the sincerity of the contractors who were allotted this work.
A visit across the city clearly shows the condition of roads that were paved in December. Though MCB officials were not willing to give details of length of roads which were metaled in this period but sources have disclosed that tenders for metaling of roads worth Rs 1.16 crore were allotted to contractors in December. The potholes have developed at many places which include Kila road, streets along Ajit road and roads in Abha Basti.
Though, the MCB authorities are claiming that there was no fault in the quality of material and only the timing of the work was responsible for the state of affairs it is also believed that the corporation wanted to show a good picture in the city ahead of upcoming Lok Sabha polls so the concerned contractors pursued the work under these circumstances.
MCB commissioner, Vipul Ujwal said there was no problem with the quality of the premix used in the work but claimed that the contractors preferred to work under unfavorable weather conditions that resulted in this condition of these roads. Commissioner who had also sought a report from the officials in this regard said that only negligence at the part of them was that officials could keep a watch on the situation and allowed the work.
He said that taking cognizance of the matter I have instructed to stop the payments of all the contractors until they do the work up to the satisfaction of officials.
"The concerned contractors preferred to complete the work in the first half of December. Though, the day temperature in that time period was favourable but temperature used to witness sudden dip in night time, which prevented proper spread of Bitumen leading to this condition. We require above 10 degree Celsius temperature for paving the road with the premix prepared using Bitumen," he said.
Executive engineer, MCB, Tirath Ram said that the exact length of the roads that were metaled in this period is yet to be ascertained He claimed that samples of the premix taken from the sites have passed the tests and only the temperature was factor behind this scenario.