MC to con­duct ‘im­par­tial’ in­quiry into de­funct chlo­ri­na­tors

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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.

GUR­PREET SINGH/HT

Coun­cil­lors ar­gu­ing with mayor Raj Bala Ma­lik and MC of­fi­cials dur­ing the monthly House meet­ing of MC in Chandi­garh on Fri­day.

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