It seems the municipal corporation (MC) has a penchant for shielding unprincipled private parking contractors who have been minting money by short changing the public.
As if to buttress this supposition, the civic body has not taken any action against one such contractor,
Bhola & Co, who is already facing criminal intimidation charges, for defaulting on payment of the June instalment of the allotment fees for two key parking lots in the city. Bhola and Co were allotted the lots on Ferozepur road in June for Rs 1.40 crore for six months, and at the Sarabha Nagar market for Rs 27 lakh.
The dodgy contractor, who has been allotted two municipal parking lots on Ferozepur Road and in the Sarabha Nagar market, remains mired in controversies since one can remember, including not paying the hefty amount to the MC till August 4, after a delay of one month.
Despite receiving several complaints of overcharging the MC has not cancelled Bhola & Co’s contract.
The lots were auctioned on June 5 and the contractor was supposed to deposit the monthly instalment in the first week of every month. The MC claims the problem has arisen as it had taken advance cheques from the contractor for the six-month parking contract but the amount filled in each of the six cheques was incorrect.
Jasdev Sekhon, superintendent of the MC’s Zone D tehbazari wing, who oversees these parking lots, said this was due to a clerical error.
However, he could not explain why this error was not noticed in early July when the payment for June was due. According to him, the contractor deposited new cheques only on August 4.
According to sources, this was a case where the regulations had been clearly violated and action should have been taken against the contractor as well as the civic officials responsible.
The police are also yet to take action against Bhola & Co in the case relating to the incident in which another private contractor, Arjun Yadav & Co, was allegedly threatened by armed goons in the vegetable market near Karabara on July 28.
The inquiry report submitted by district mandi officer Narinderpal Singh Tiwana and assistant police commissioner (east) Ramneesh Chaudhary stated armed men sent by Bhola & Co had threatened employees of Arjun Yadav & Co.