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Fund crunch, Panipat MC not to float tenders for works

Fund crunch, Panipat MC not to float tenders for works

The Panipat MC has liability of over Rs 100 crore. - File Photo

Tribune News Service

Mukesh Tandon

Panipat, September 21

The Panipat Municipal Corporation (MC) will not float tenders for new development works. Sources in the MC said the move was taken as the civic body had pending liability of Rs 100 crore of several completed and under construction projects.

The MC Commissioner, Shyam Lal Poonia, said, “The MC is facing a financial crunch. The officials have been directed to stop floating of tenders till the budget is allotted.”

In a meeting yesterday, he has directed the officials that new tender would be floated only after prior approval of the accounts branch of the MC. He asked the officials to improve the financial health of the MC by increasing the income of the MC by generating revenue from tax collection and other sources, and reducing the expenses of the MC.

Sources said the MC was facing financial crisis as several development works were carried out under political pressure in the past years.

Contractors had to visit several times to get their dues cleared after the project had been completed, the sources added.

Many development works that were announced in the previous regime of the BJP government were pending due to the lack of funds, a source said.

Poonia said, “The projects should be completed in the scheduled time frame as the schedule of rates is revised every year. But even old works have been not completed so far. In this situation, how can new development works be booked?”

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