MC ac­tion re­port: house meet­ing to­day

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■ 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.

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