Finally the Patiala municipal corporation has woken from its slumber and began process to blacklist two road work contractors after they did not start construction despite allotment of nearly Rs 12 crore of road work two months ago.
As part of the state government grant for development work, two firms- New Janta Co-operative Society and Ragho Majra Co-operative Society was allotted tender in first week of April with clear directions that they will finish their allotted work within 45 days.
New Janta Society, which is owned by Kuldeep Chandok, was allotted construction work of nearly 15-16 roads while other firm owned by Amit Mittal too similar number of works.
MC commissioner PS Gill said despite repeated requests, both these contractors have defaulted the civic body by not finishing the work on time. Because of them, city’s development has been delayed. “With monsoon catching up soon, the road construction work has already slowed down.
“Keeping their negligence in mind, we have now begun the blacklisting proceedings against both these firms, said Gill while adding that two show cause notice was already served on them in past. Third notice was sent on Tuesday with a warning to submit the status of the works allotted within 48 hours.
“In case of no reply, we will debar them immediately from taking any future tenders in MC and also inform our parent department vis-à-vis other government departments where they are operating, said Gill.
Gill further added that earlier they refused to start the work on the pretext that their old payments were pending. “Despite the fact that more than 50% of their pending financial liabilities were cleared, the work did not start on ground,” he added.
When contacted, Amit Mittal said that he had no knowledge of departmental proceedings against him. Kuldeep Chandok could not be contacted despite repeated calls.
Chandok’s New Janta society has remained in controversies even in past. Few months ago, the internal vigilance of local government department filled the road samples construction by his firm after allegations of cheap construction material used for the construction work. When contacted, Engineer Harkiran Pal Singh said that vigilance report of the firm was still awaited.
“Since both these firms have not complied with MC rules, department would also forfeit their earnest money which is amounted to be nearly Rs 20 Lakh, he said.
ONLY 45 OUT OF 150 WORKS STARTED SO FAR
The development in MC has been going at slow paced as out of 150 road works planned out of 30 crore granted approved by state government in February this year, only 45 have reached execution so far.
Several councilors have blamed MC’s passive working saying that the self interest of their own officials derailed the city’s development
Congress leader in MC Sanjeev Bittu said that these contractors should have been blacklisted much before. But they continue to survive because of political patronage, he said
He further added that Mohali MC recently set up example by blacklisting three firms for delay in their execution even as their 50% work was over. “This kind of approach is missing here, he said.