MC spend­ing on 102 tube­wells

3 YEARS AGO, MC HAD IN­STALLED SCADA AT A COST OF CR WITH AN AIM OF RE­DUC­ING MAN­POWER FOR MAIN­TE­NANCE OF TUBE­WELLS

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Hil­lary Vic­tor CHANDI­GARH: De­spite in­stalling the Su­per­vi­sory Con­trol and Date Ac­qui­si­tion (SCADA) sys­tem on tube­wells, the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion of Chandi­garh are spend­ing Rs 3.40 crore ev­ery year on the op­er­a­tion watch and ward of 102 tube­wells un­der pub­lic health division num­ber 3, thus wast­ing huge pub­lic money.

The mat­ter came to light af­ter BJP coun­cil­lor Satin­der Singh sought a re­ply from MC in which they stated, that the work of watch and ward of 56 tube­wells have been al­lot­ted to con­trac­tors at a cost of Rs 1.10 crore for the cur­rent year. Also the work of op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance for 46 tube­wells and boost­ers is also given to con­trac­tors at cost of Rs 1.28 crore.

As per al­lot­ment, each tube wells is to be main­tained by three per­sons in a day, whereas con­trac­tor has de­puted one to two per­sons in each tube well, in vi­o­la­tion of con­tract agree­ment, caus­ing a huge loss to gov­ern­ment ex­che­quer.

Satin­der Singh said, “It is very un­for­tu­nate that, there is no check from the depart­ment and con­trac­tors are mint­ing money as per own sweet will, which is huge loss to MC. I will raise the is­sue in the house on July 31,” he said.

He fur­ther added that there is ap­pre­hen­sion that con­trac­tors may not be de­posit­ing the share of em­ployee prov­i­dent fund (EPF) and em­ployee state in­sur­ance (ESI), which they are get­ting from MC. I will de­mand in the house that, share of work­ers in re­spect of EPF and ESI should not be paid to the con­trac­tor, but di­rectly de­posited with re­spec­tive depart­ment by MC,

It is un­for­tu­nate that there is no check by the MC on these tube­wells, and con­trac­tors

are freely mint­ing money

which will go into the work­ers’ s ac­count.

Three years back, MC in­stalled SCADA, af­ter spend­ing nearly Rs 12 crore, with a pur­pose to cut short the man­power for op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance of tube­wells and boost­ers etc, but from the al­lot­ment of works, it has been ob­served, that the man­power has not been cur­tailed but it seems that MC’s own staff is hardly utilised for the said pur­pose, caus­ing loss to civic body. De­spite re­peated at­tempts the ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer of pub­lic health division num­ber 3 Anil Bansal, could not be con­tacted.

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