Even as the completion of nearly half of already sanctioned 144 works are still pending, municipal corporation on Thursday approved more new road works worth over Rs 5 crore.
“The work orders of new road projects will be allotted on Friday and we will make sure that these works are completed within two months,” said MC commissioner PS Gill. Up to 69 road works are part of other development agendas cleared in finance and contract committee meeting chaired by Mayor Amarinder Singh Bajaj.
Among the new projects including interlocking tiles and bitumen construction in ward no 12, New Yadvindra Colony, Sukhram colony, Ghuman Nagar-B, DLF colony, Darshan Nagar, Gurdarshan Nagar, Shiv Puri colony and other areas.
MC officials said with addition of new works, total road projects in the city have increased to nearly 250. “80% of these works are funded from the urban mission grant of the state government and rest from the civic body’s own funds,” he said
Gill said the bitumen road works have geared up now and hopefully all road works would be completed before onset of winter season.
Besides road works, the MC approved the work order to sterilize 2,000 dogs in the city.
The contract however is awarded to Dehradun based NGO Endangered Wildlife Society, whose working was objected many times in past animal rights activist and union minister Maneka Gandhi.
Officials said the contract was awarded to the agency lowest bidder. “The NGO’s working will be closely monitored. The requisite action will be taken if the execution is not found satisfactory,” said Gill.
MC also approved nearly Rs 50 lakh of sewer work besides installation of two new tubewells.
Residents at New officers’ Colony was furious over poor quality of material used in road construction in their Area.
An area resident Manish Goel said that the new bitumen road was laid in their colony on Wednesday but one could ascertain the low thickness of the road, indicating that the contractor did not use the adequate material. Another resident Subhash kapoor said that there are patches of the road which is uneven. Besides, premixing was of poor quality
“MC must intervene and check the quality for the optimum utilisation of public funds,” he said. Superintending Engineer Harkiran Pal Singh said that he would look in to the matter.