Sunday, June 17, 2018

PMC to stop work payment of contractors


PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is contemplating to stop payment of the contractors doing a poor job of nullah cleaning after a field visit by a delegation consisting of civic officials and deputy mayor exposed their shoddy work.

The delegation visited 10 spots in Vimannagar, Vaibhav Colony, Yerawada and Kalvad areas and observed that hardly any work was carried out. It also stated that the nullahs had been encroached upon. Deputy mayor Siddharth Dhende told, “The visits exposed the ground reality, which is different from the Pune Municipal Corporation’s claims. Hardly 5-10% work has been carried out on the ground. The civic officials claimed nearly 80-90 % cleaning had been completed.”

He said action should be initiated against the civic officials, too. They were equally responsible for the poor quality of pre-monsoon work, he felt. The civic administration had claimed during the pre-monsoon work review that over 90% work, including cleaning of nullahs, stormwater drain and chambers, had been completed.

The city has 177.96 km of stormwater drain lines. According to PMC’s claims, a total of 170.23km was cleaned. It also stated that of the 162-km-long nullahs, 158 km was cleaned. “The case of providing false figures is serious. We will take tough action against the contractors, who indulged in such practices,” said the additional commissioner of PMC, Rajendra Nimbalkar.

He said the elected members would be told to cross-verify the claims of the contractors and the local officials. If any discrepancies are found in the report, action would be initiated.


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