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Chandigarh councillors for powers to inspect works, sign contractors’ cheque

3 parties come up with joint agenda | To be tabled in House today

Chandigarh councillors for powers to inspect works, sign contractors’ cheque

A contractual worker engaged in Chandigarh. Pradeep Tewari



Tribune News Service

Sandeep Rana

Chandigarh, November 28

In an unusual move, Municipal Corporation councillors of all three political parties have demanded that they be allowed to inspect allotted works/tenders in their respective areas and that final payment to contractors be released only after issuance of satisfactory certificate with the name and signature of the councillor concerned.

A table agenda has been prepared in this regard and will be tabled in the Tuesday’s monthly General House meeting for consideration. The agenda is expected to see a fireworks between councillors and officers.

The table agenda says: “It is often seen no information is provided to the councillors regarding start and completion of development works/DNITs (detailed notice inviting tenders)/renovation in their respective wards i.e. whether the work is satisfactory or not. The contractors leave some works in between due to which general public faces a lot of problems and the councillors have to face difficulties.” While seeking the passage of the agenda, they say “...all the development works/ DNITS and other works related to their respective wards of councillors be provided to all area councillors concerned before start and completion of the work”.

“The allotted work should be inspected by the officers concerned along with area councillors from time to time and on completion as per allotment/ work order, and the final payment of contractor be released after satisfaction of work allotted to contractors/others on issuance of satisfactory certificate with the names and signatures of the area councillors,” reads the table agenda.

The table agenda has been proposed by BJP councillors Dalip Sharma and Kanwarjeet Singh, Congress’ Nirmala Devi, Jasbir Singh and AAP’s Anju Katyal and Prem Lata.

Unfinished projects causing trouble

  • The table agenda has been proposed by two BJP councillors, one from the Congress and two from the AAP
  • They claim they don’t get info regarding start/completion of development works/tender notice/renovation in respective wards
  • As a result, contractors often leave works midway, due to which public faces problems and councillors are at the receiving end, they say
  • They want info regarding works/ tender notices related to respective wards be provided to them before start/completion of project

Get Rs 80L per year for development

  • MC councillors get Rs 80 lakh Ward Development Fund per year and can recommend works
  • Besides General House, they are part of different sub-committees; they approve or reject agendas tabled

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