City mayor writes to civic body commissioner over delayed action
■ CHANDIGARH: Bothered over the delay in action against the MC engineers indicted in a vigilance report, mayor Raj Bala Malik on Monday wrote to MC commissioner Prerna Puri, demanding an explanation for the delay.
The vigilance report pertains to the case of illegal cutting of road and unauthorised laying of optical fibre cable in Sectors 33 and 34.
Speaking to HT, mayor Raj Bala Malik said, “I have written to the commissioner to explain the reason for delay in action, as the vigilance report was submitted over two months ago.”
The MC commissioner had
MC COMMISSIONER PRERNA PURI SAYS ACTION CAN BE INITIATED ONLY ONCE THE CHIEF ENGINEER REPLIES IN THE MATTER
earlier sought comments from MC chief engineer SS Bidda, regarding the report. However, the file is still lying in the chief engineer’s office.
Commenting on the issue, Puri said action could be initiated only once the chief engineer replied in the matter.
On being asked, why there was a delay from the chief engineer's end, she said she would look into that.
The MC commissioner was to place the action-taken report before the general house meeting, which was held on January 23. The mayor, in the MC house meeting held in December last year, had directed the commissioner to take action on the inquiry report, which was submitted in November.
However, neither any action has been taken nor a report been placed.
The report had recommended that departmental disciplinary proceedings be initiated against Vishal Gupta, executive engineer, road wing, Division 1; Ajay Garg, sub-divisional engineer, road wing, Division 1; and Ankur Bansal, junior engineer, road wing, Division 1.
The report also recommended Gupta's immediate repatriation to his parent department, saying the MC should not consider his request for deputation in future. Besides, the ongoing works under his supervision be withdrawn immediately.
Former MC councillor Chander Mukhi Sharma, who had raised the issue in the house, said, “It is a deliberate attempt on the part of authorities concerned to shield the guilty officials, who are responsible for damaging the MC property and protecting the interest of firms, who had not taken permission to lay the cables. Now, I will write to Chief Vigilance Commission, Delhi, to fix the responsibility of the officers, who are not taking action against the guilty.”