The suspended chief engineer of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB), Sunil Kumar, favoured a contractor of the Sector-63 housing project causing a loss of Rs 15 crore to the board, reveals a report prepared by the CHB. The report also found Kumar guilty of delaying the project by over two years..
Board chairman Maninder Singh has sought a reply on the report from CHB chief executive officer (CEO) SB Deepak Kumar by January 15. In December last year, Hindustan Times had highlighted the irregularities in the Sector-63 housing project following which the chairman sought a detailed report from the board staff. The report was submitted to chairman following which he suspended Kumar on January 8.
Kumar could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.
NO INSPECTION LISTS
As per clause 1.62 of the agreement, BL Mehta Constructions Private Limited was to provide 84 inspection lifts with a capacity of minimum 10 persons in each block. However, the construction company didn’t install lifts and saved around Rs 5 crore. In the absence of lifts, the staff and officials could not check the quality construction work. Kumar even failed to make recovery from the contractor for the lapse.
NO BATCH-MIXING PLANT
As per the contract condition, the contractor was to install fully/semi-automatic batchmixing plant at all six sites of each work, but he only installed three batch-mixing plants, thus the project got delayed. The report said, Kumar deliberately did not get the conditions of the contract implemented to give undue benefit to the construction firm.