The cash-strapped Patiala municipal corporation has its own ways of wasting money. The corporation was all set to spend Rs 29.58 lakh for buying 50 garbage containers.
The matter came to light when the proposal was put for approval before the finance and contract committee of the civic body.
The committee met here to give final nod to a few development projects in the city.
However, mayor Ajit Pal Singh Kohli, who chaired the meeting, ordered immediate cancellation of the tenders for buying such expensive garbage collection bins.
The tender for purchasing 50 garbage containers was awarded to Kakkar Associates on June 6.
Sources in the corporation said the routine work in the civic body had been hijacked by certain officials due to the delay in the formation of house and election of new mayor.
They said because of the lack of monitoring, few officials were "using" their powers.
"It would have been a sheer wastage of money. Even thinking of buying a container for around Rs 59,000 seems a weird idea. I summoned the officials who recommended this purchase and ordered immediate cancellation of the tenders," said the mayor.
He said "few officials wanted to fulfill their personal interests", which would not be allowed at any cost.
An inquiry has been ordered to look into the role of certain officials who recommended this purchase.
Joint commissioner of the corporation will head the inquiry team. The civic body will now invite fresh tenders for buying garbage containers.
Meanwhile, the committee approved the work tenders for laying interlocking tiles at Khalsa College Colony. The project will cost Rs 2.25 lakh.
The committee sanctioned Rs 1.59 lakh for improving the road at Kothi Sekhowal near Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib.
It also approved employment of 110 firemen on contract basis.