An embezzlement of funds in the municipal corporation’s (MC) public health wing has come to the fore with the allegations that the department had floated tenders for fictitious works in the name of cleaning the sewerage system, manholes, inspection chambers, etc. in Sector 25, though the tenders for the same work were already allotted in 2014 for a period of two years.
It has been learnt that in March, May and June and July, the public health wing’s sub division number 13 had floated different tenders amounting to Rs 6 lakh for cleaning sewerage lines, manholes and inspection chambers in Sector 25. At that time, the tenders were also floated to repair road gullies in various other sectors too, though the tenders for these works were already allotted in 2014.
In the tenders, the MC claimed to clean manholes, inspector’s chambers of size 4X3 feet, but the actual size are 5X3 feet and 2X3 feet, respectively. The MC had also claimed to clean as many as 380 inspection chambers of 4X3 size, which exist nowhere in the city. Moreover, the MC is not responsible for cleaning the inspection chambers but the area residents.
What record says?
As per the MC record, the tenders worth Rs 27 lakh were earlier floated in May 14, 2014, for six months, and a total of 40 sewermen were hired for cleaning road gullies and manholes in colonies and villages, including Sector 25. Even after the contract was expired, 10 sewermen were retained. In Many, a total of 50 sewermen were again hired by floating tenders worth Rs 67 lakh for the same work for a year. On September 9, the tenders worth Rs 73 lakh were again floated for operation and maintenance of sewerage system and 50 personnel were hired.
A senior officer of the Public health wing said, “The big question is — why the work was not finished during the stipulated time? It’s a big scam and senior officers don’t seem be paying any heed.”
However, when contacted, mayor Poonam Sharma said, “I am unaware of the issue, but will surely hold an inquiry on Monday.”
Similar tenders floated last year
Last year in November, HT had reported how fictitious payments amounting lakhs of rupees were made to a contractor for cleaning up manholes, repairing road gullies, providing or fixing manhole covers, etc. The tenders were floated by the sub division number 5 but the work was never executed