MC spending huge money to buy diesel for tube wells, which work on electricity alone
The cash-strapped Amritsar municipal corporation, which often struggles to clear the dues of its staff and contractors, is literally throwing money away by purchasing diesel for tube wells, which actually do not need it.punjab Updated: Mar 14, 2015 19:41 IST
The cash-strapped Amritsar municipal corporation, which often struggles to clear the dues of its staff and contractors, is literally throwing money away by purchasing diesel for tube wells, which actually do not need it.
These tube wells, according to MC officials, are operated solely on electricity and there is no provision for generators for their operation.
According to officials, there are more than 400 tube wells across the city to provide potable water to the residents, however, not even one of these is connected to a generator. Despite this, they said, “the civic body was spending a big money on the purchase of at least 750 litres of diesel daily for these tube wells, which is not required actually”.
Official sources said where exactly the MC was using the diesel remained a mystery, though some MC brass claimed the diesel was being used for sewerage disposal pumps, which were not more than 25.
Stating that they have raised the issue even earlier, Congress councillors claimed they “smell a scam in the daily procurement of diesel for this purpose”.
Smelling a rat, they intend to file an RTI application to dig out more facts about the development.
Raj Kanwal Preet Pal Singh Lucky, Congress councillor, and leader of the opposition in the MC, said he would delve deeper into the matter by obtaining information through RTI.
“I am planning to file an RTI by Monday, as I have raised the issue even before,” he said.
Municipal commissioner Pradeep Sabharwal and mayor Bakshi Ram Arora could not be contacted for their comments despite repeated attempts.
However, when contacted, senior deputy mayor Avtar Singh Truckanwala confirmed that the more than 400 tube wells across the city did not have any requirement for diesel.
“These tube wells are solely dependent on electric supply. The diesel is being used at the sewerage disposal points, where there is a need to fuel generators that run the disposal pumps,” he said.