To rein corruption,contractors given 15-day deadline for bills

After reducing civil works contracts from 110 to 31,the BMC is set to further crack the whip on erring local contractors carrying out shoddy work at ward levels and indulging in corruption.

Written by Stuti Shukla | Published:May 14, 2012 2:54 am

After reducing civil works contracts from 110 to 31,the BMC is set to further crack the whip on erring local contractors carrying out shoddy work at ward levels and indulging in corruption. While it is mulling the introduction of third party auditors for all ward level works,the BMC has incorporated stringent clauses in the recently floated tenders in a bid to curb corruption.

Among the noteworthy clauses is a deadline for submitting bills. BMC’s chief accountant (finance) Ram Dhas said local level contractors carry out shoddy work and keep bills pending till the end of the financial year so that the civic body does not get time to assess work quality.

“We have introduced a clause wherein the contractor will have to submit the bill within 15 days of completion of the work. If he fails,a penalty of five per cent of the project cost will be deducted from his payment. If he fails to submit it within a month,the penalty will rise to 10 per cent,and if he does not submit within 45 days,he will not be given any payment at all,” said Dhas.

He added that similar to third party auditors appointed for supervising road works in the city,the BMC is mulling appointing such auditors for civil works too. Following caution raised by the CA (finance)’s department over the largescale misappropriation of funds in civil contracts,the BMC decided to cut down contractors from 110 to 31 so that a proper check can be done on the work done by each. The city has now been divided into 31 parts and one contractor will get to work in only one such area. Works worth an average of Rs 16-20 crore for two years will be given to each contractor. Tenders have been invited and over 100 contractors have bid for the works.

A note sent by Dhas earlier this year to the director (engineering services),additional municipal commissioners and the municipal commissioner stated how contractors carrying out petty/minor works at ward level are,in connivance with local ward staff and corporators,get budget provisions made for works that are not necessary.

To counter this,the BMC has started putting all work orders on its website http://www.mcgm.gov.in under the ‘citizens services’ section so that citizens can keep a tab on works allocated in their area and report any bogus contracts.

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