MC action report: house meeting today
■ CHANDIGARH: The action report on inquiry of the municipal corporation (MC) vigilance officer, pertaining to illegal road cut and unauthorised laying of the optical fibre cable in Sector 33 and 34, will be discussed in the general house meeting scheduled on Wednesday.
On February 10, former MC commissioner Prerna Puri had ordered imposition of a major penalty under relevant rules against executive engineer Vishal Gupta, sub-divisional engineer Ajay Garg, and junior engineer Ankur Bansal.
The commissioner had directed chief engineer SS Bidda to inquire and report the financial loss incurred, to the corporation. Biddi will submit the report to the commissioner soon.
Puri had also ordered issuance of show-cause notices to the two companies - Digicable Network (India) and Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) - for laying cables without requisite permission and the reason.
Former MC councillor, Chander Mukhi Sharma, who took up the issue in the house said, “It is a total eyewash and it is an attempt to shield the accused. It is a rare case in history of municipal corporation, in which two inquiries on the same issue have been held with the intervention of the house.”
In first inquiry no issue was redressed by the officers, while, in second inquiry recommendation, of the vigilance officer had been diluted.
The house will also take up the issue of Malba and Debris Bylaws 2005. The committee has proposed in to hike fines under bylaws.
According to the new recommendations if any owner or occupier of a construction site throws construction material on the roadside, the corporation will impose a fine of Rs 1,500 on him for the first offence and directions to remove it within 72 hours.