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
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.