North corpn passes resolution to assess its own work if third party refuses

The decision has come at a time when the corporation’s Engineering department is facing allegations of corruption.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published:May 2, 2013 12:57 am

North Municipal Corporation has approved a resolution that states that if a third party refuses to audit the quality of work undertaken by its Engineering department,the civic body’s quality control cell should conduct the assessment.

The decision has come at a time when the corporation’s Engineering department is facing allegations of corruption. The department is under the scanner for overcharging around Rs 7 crore for earth digging.

The resolution covers all assignments of the Engineering department that cost more than Rs 25 lakh. If the third party refuses to audit such assignments,the resolution authorises the engineer-in-chief to check the work.

“For works that cost more than Rs 25 lakh,it is the third party that does quality assurance,auditing and testing of material. But,the third-party auditing agencies are referring back designated work,as they are overburdened with assessment of works worth more than a few crores of rupees. The resolution was passed to avoid unnecessary delay in completion of projects,” chairman of Standing Committee Ram Kishan Singhal said.

CRRI,Delhi,IIT-Delhi and NCCB,Ballabgarh,are some of the third-party organisations that audit the North corporation’s works.

For works that cost less than Rs 25 lakh,testing of samples are done in designated labs,which include Sriram Institute of Industrial Research,RTC Okhla and National Test House,Ghaziabad,along with the quality control cell of the corporation.

Leader of Opposition (North) Mukesh Goel accused the BJP of passing the resolution in a hurry. “We did not even know such a resolution has been passed,” he said.

Goel said assessment should be conducted by a third party to ensure a fairness. “There are other agencies in Delhi,which are equally competent to assess our engineering works. Some of them are Engineers India Limited,National Council for Cement and Building Materials and Delhi Technological University. Quality testing should be done by an outsider to ensure fair process,” Goel said.

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