Dismantling of road: Bains brothers, Ludhiana MC make contradictory claims
MLA brothers Simarjeet and Balwinder Bains on Monday made tall claims that they got a portion of road in the city dismantled after finding it to be of low thickness. However, their claims were contradicted by officials of the Ludhiana municipal corporation (MC) who said the road was dismantled by them and not the MLA brothers.Updated: Mar 29, 2017 15:55 IST
MLA brothers Simarjeet and Balwinder Bains on Monday made tall claims that they got a portion of road in the city dismantled after finding it to be of low thickness. However, their claims were contradicted by officials of the Ludhiana municipal corporation (MC) who said the road was dismantled by them and not the MLA brothers.
Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) MLA Simarjeet had shared a video on his Facebook page in which he claimed that poor quality material was being used for recarpeting work on Daba road to Gill road. He claimed that the thickness of road should be between 25-30 mm.
In the video, Bains is seen ordering a person to run JCB machine to remove a portion of the newly-carpeted road. He then asked the contractor concerned to ensure road work as per the norms.
Meanwhile, claiming that the thickness of the road was apt and as per norms, the MC officials said the road was carpeted during night hours in absence of any official, due to which they dismantled it.
Talking to HT, Balwinder Bains claimed that the thickness of the material was only 10 mm while the MC officials concerned failed to check it. He said, “I also inspected the road.”
“With connivance of the MC officials, the contractor was using less material on the road. But we cannot tolerate corruption. Public money is used for development works. It is the responsibility of officials to check the thickness but they failed to perform their duty,” he said.
Balwinder further claimed that the contractor has assured them that he will ensure 30 mm material on the road.
On the other hand, executive engineer of MC Karamjeet Singh claimed that the orders to dismantle the road were given by him.
He said, “Some persons had complained that the road recarpeting work was going on at night time. I then inspected the road on Sunday morning and ordered to dismantle the portion as the contractor had carpeted it in absence of MC officials.”
“Bains brothers are levelling false allegations. Thickness of the road was as per norms,” he further said.
Last week, Simarjeet had raised questions over the work on ATI road as he claimed that thickness of material put on the road was very low.
First Published: Mar 29, 2017 15:54 IST