Over a week after a contractor was served notice for using low quantity of bitumen in the construction of Pakhowal Road, neither the contractor has replied to it nor the municipal corporation has followed up on it.
Besides, the MC seems to be non-serious about the quality of work going on at different roads in the city, as it has failed to follow up on the result of another sample collected from Pakhowal Road last week.
Additional commissioner Sumeet Jarangal had collected the sample after receiving several complaints regarding the construction material being used by the company, Ceigall India Limited.
Surprisingly, while Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College (GNDEC), which was given the responsibility to verify the sample, claims that it has forwarded the sample details to the MC, the civic body claims that it has not received the sample 'officially'.
Earlier, a sample was collected from the road on the directions of mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria. When the sample had failed, Jarangal had served a notice to the contractor that was to be answered within three days. However, over a week later, MC officials have not bothered to seek the contractor's reply.
Claiming that they were yet to receive the sample result from GNDEC, Jarangal said, “I will ask the contractor to reply to notice as soon as possible. Most of the MC officials are deployed on election duty, and as a result much attention was not given to the issue.”
On the other hand, Dr HS Rai, a professor at the civil engineering department at GNDEC, said the result of samples was already handed over to the MC.
Sources in the MC said the sample result had already been sent to the civic body's office, but higher officials were shying away from disclosing the result, due to unknown reasons.
MC executive engineer (XEN) Harpal Bhullar, who is overlooking the project, said he was not aware if the contractor had replied to the notice and could comment on the issue when the office re-opens on Tuesday.