The ‘shoddy’ functioning of the municipal corporation has again come under the vigilance scanner as the local government department’s internal vigilance cell on Thursday took samples of recently constructed Ghalouri gate bridge-Rajpura octroi post road after an anonymous complaint alleged poor quality material being used in the construction work.
The complaint alleged that the road condition deteriorated within one month of its construction with pits occurring at several places.
The team checked the overall technical specification fixed during work allotment last year and assured the preliminary report at the earliest.
When contacted, MC commissioner PS Gill said that the team did not find much problem with approved road length but quality material used during the construction was questionable. “We will take action once the vigilance cell shares the sample report with us,” he said
The said road having a length of 1.6 km runs from Ghalouri gate bridge towards old Rajpura octroi post. Due to its poor condition, the MC floated a tender last year in September asking bids for constructing the road having a minimum 50-mm layer of bitumen macadam with further 20 mm layer of premix carpet and 6 mm of seal coat.
The tender having estimated cost of Rs 79 lakh was then allotted to city-based Chandok Builders for Rs 66 lakh on October 10 last year.
The contractor had then laid 50 mm bitumen macadam layer (against which 20 lakh was already paid to him) but left the prefix and seal coat layer pending due to the onset of winter season.
As the contractor was about to resume the pending work by the next week, the vigilance’s inspection, it is leant, has stalled further construction till the sample report was received. Local residents too spoke of the poor construction and blamed the MC for its negligence.
Rakesh Gupta, a resident, said that being such an important road, it started breaking apart soon after its construction in November last.
“The raid by the vigilance is welcome but we want a fair inquiry since the public money is sadly being siphoned off due to the nexus between officials and the contractor,” he added.
Mayor Amarinder Bajaj said that the MC has extended full co-operation to the vigilance team and what documents they require in future would be duly provided. “We assure of adequate action in case any fault is found in road construction, he said.
When contacted, contractor Kuldeep Singh Chandok showed his inability to talk on the issue as he said that his kin was not well.