City mayor marks vig­i­lance in­quiry against two of­fi­cials

THEY HAD DE­MANDED BRIBE FOR THE RE­LEASE OF PAY­MENT OF PAID PARK­ING PASSES

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CHANDI­GARH: Mayor Raj Bala Ma­lik on Wed­nes­day marked a vig­i­lance in­quiry against two of­fi­cials of the park­ing wing af­ter re­ceiv­ing com­plaints against them for de­mand­ing bribes for paid park­ing passes.

The BJP-SAD coun­cil­lors had cor­nered the mayor for is­su­ing 406 free paid park­ing passes in the House meet­ing held on May 28.

The two of­fi­cials of the munci­pal cor­po­ri­a­ton’s park­ing branch are Av­tar Singh, sub-di­vi­sional enigneer (head­quar­ters), and Prem Singh, ju­nior en­gi­neer.

Speak­ing to HT, the mayor said, “I re­ceived the copy of com­plaint on May 28, but due to the House meet­ing could not go through it. We have marked a vig­i­lance in­quiry which will be con­ducted by MC’s vig­i­lance of­fi­cer Lalit Si­wach.”

“In the com­plaint, the park­ing con­trac­tors have al­leged that the said of­fi­cials had de­manded 5% bribe for the re­lease of pay­ment of city paid park­ing passes ly­ing pend­ing since the past about one-anda-half years. How­ever, the to­tal amount of city’s paid park­ing passes is Rs 35 lakh,” she said.

Tha mayor said the free park­ing passes is­sue had al­ready caused an un­wanted nui­sance be­cause of the pol­i­tics be­ing played by the op­po­si­tion. “I have rec­om­mended a vig­i­lance in­quiry against the of­fi­cials con­cerned. If the mat­ter was in my knowl­edge dur­ing the house meet­ing, I would have put up the let­ter in the meet­ing it­self,” she added.

In the com­plaint, the con­trac­tors have furhter re­quested to the MC com­mis­sioner to im­me­di­ately take ac­tion against of­fi­cials, oth­er­wise they will bring the mat­ter into the knowl­edge of higher au­thor­i­ties.

Av­tar Singh, SDE and park­ing in charge with the MC, termed the al­le­ga­tions as base­less. He said, “I had al­ready sub­mit­ted the de­tails of the paid park­ing passes on March 22 this year while the com­plaint came on May 28. The au­dit team is do­ing its work in or­der to check the de­tails sub­mit­ted by us.”

“The con­trac­tors are mak­ing base­less al­le­ga­tions just to take re­venge of our firm­ness re­gard­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of rules and reg­u­la­tions,” he added.

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