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MLAs unhappy, Sidhu warns to blacklist firms laying sewerage

Sidhu set the deadline of one month for works saying he would not only blacklist companies but also file criminal cases against those wasting hard-earned public money.

punjab Updated: Aug 14, 2018 23:15 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Navjot Singh Sidhu (HT File Photo)

With Congress MLAs expressing displeasure over sewerage works being done by various companies in their segments, Punjab local government minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday warned to blacklist these companies if they fail to meet expectations.

The minister was presiding over a review meeting of eight clusters with the representatives of companies here in the presence of his cabinet colleagues Vijay Inder Singla and Sunder Sham Arora, some MLAs and senior department officials.

Sidhu set the deadline of one month for works saying he would not only blacklist companies but also file criminal cases against those wasting hard-earned public money. Unhappy over the functioning of the WAPCOS and Engineers India Limited (EIL) engaged in financial and technical audit, Sidhu said had these parties conducted audit in a forthright manner complaints with regards to sewerage works wouldn’t have arisen. Singla, who is MLA from Sangrur, said the company was not executing work properly.

MLA Kuljit Singh Nagra said sub-pipes of sewerage were laid at Fatehgarh Sahib right before the last year’s elections but the main line was not laid. He said the company also doesn’t have the requisite machinery and people are facing harassment and no attention is being paid to the quality control.

Faridkot MLA Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon said the companies are using sub-standard material and if the company is facing shortage of contractors then the services of local, reputed contractors could be availed. Sidhu took report from the each company regarding works being carried out by them, execution time and material used and the machinery at their disposal.

First Published: Aug 14, 2018 23:14 IST