Panchkula MC chief seeks action against ‘missing’ superintending engineer
Sources said superintending engineer went on leave two weeks back without seeking sanction from the commissioner’s office. When he was called to join back, he forwarded medical leave application.punjab Updated: Sep 25, 2017 12:35 IST
The newly appointed commissioner of the Panchkula municipal corporation — which is under fire for the poor state of roads in the city — is in a fix, as there is no one heading the engineering wing of the civic body, a post that has a major role in executing civic works.
Sources said superintending engineer DK Mangla went on leave two weeks back without seeking sanction from the commissioner’s office. When he was called to join back, he forwarded his medical leave application.
The work in the engineer department is held up because the post of Mangla’s second-in-command — executive engineer — is also vacant for over a month.
Several tenders could not be opened due to the absence of the top officers in the engineering department, said a senior official.
With works being affected, MC chief Rajesh Jogpal has asked the Haryana local bodies department for Mangla’s replacement as well as disciplinary action against him.
“I have also asked for the appointment of an executive engineer to speed up civic works,” Jogpal told HT.
The department’s response is still awaited.
While Mangla could not be contacted despite repeated attempts, those working in his department claimed he was upset about the worsening working conditions and constant altercations with the mayor.
MLA, Mayor draw flak
Both MLA Gian Chand Gupta — who belongs to the Bharatiya Janata Party — and mayor Upinder Kaur Walia of the Congress are drawing flak for the poor state of affairs. Former president of the erstwhile Panchkula municipal council Ravinder Rawal said Gupta’s “incompetency” is responsible for the current situation in Panchkula. He said the mayor was equally responsible as she was not working diligently.
Meanwhile, the local bodies minister has not responded to Gupta’s letter in which he had urged her to engage an external agency to repair roads in the city.