MC to conduct ‘impartial’ inquiry into defunct chlorinators
CHANDIGARH: The municipal corporation house in its meeting held on Friday decided to have an impartial inquiry conducted into the substandard chlorinators at tubewells that have been lying defunct for three years now. MC commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh assured the house that he would write to the administration for conducting an impartial enquiry into the issue.
In its several reports, HT has highlighted how MC has been playing with the lives of the common man by supplying unchlorinated water to several parts of the city. Reacting to these reports, the MC commissioner had formed a committee that had found 60% of chlorinators nonfunctional. Even the replies provided to BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi to his queries on installation of chlorinators at tubewells were factually incorrect.
Clarifying on the issue, superintending engineer of public health, Ramesh Chander Diwan said: “This happened before I joined. The reply has been provided on the basis of the report of executive engineer Anil Bansal.” JOSHI’S Q&A
It may be mentioned here that to Joshi’s question regarding the make of the chlorinators, the reply was that “Superior Model (Echo Chlor) US had been approved”. However, records state that Superior make was approved. In fact, Superior and Echo Chlor are two different models of a US-based company.
On the eligibility criteria, MC reply said it could not be ascertained, as records pertaining to the eligibility of contractor M/s Jai Bharat Construction Company, Panchkula, were not available. In fact, M/s Jai Bharat was not eligible as per the Central Vigilance Commission guidelines.
Besides, the candidature of M/s Jai Bharat was recommended by the then executive engineer in spite of the fact that the agency had failed to submit the analysis of rates and the particular make of chlorinators, which was mandatory as per clause 1(b) of the DNIT.
Councillors arguing with mayor Raj Bala Malik and MC officials during the monthly House meeting of MC in Chandigarh on Friday.