Chandigarh: Toilet scam likely to rock Municipal Corporation meeting

BJP councillor Satinder Singh asked the civic body to give him the details about how much money of around Rs 13 crore has been recovered from the company that was to maintain public toilets.

Written by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Updated: July 21, 2016 1:21 pm
Bad condition of Public Toilets in Chandigarh Bad condition of Public Toilets in Chandigarh

The toilet scam is likely to rock the next municipal corporation meeting, again.

BJP councillor Satinder Singh asked the civic body to give him the details about how much money of around Rs 13 crore has been recovered from the company, which was given the task to operate and maintain the public toilets.

His questions will be included in the agenda of the next meeting.

Raking up the issue again, the councillor asked how many notices have been issued to various companies, including M/s Selvel Media Services Pvt. Ltd, regarding the outstanding amount payable on account of fees levied for display of advertisements on the walls of public toilets and connecting passages, allotted to companies under various contracts allotted by the municipal corporation.

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Singh questioned how much amount till date has been recovered against the notices issued to the companies, including M/s Selvel Media Services Limited, on account of the advertisement fees payable by them and who is the officer concerned responsible for effecting recovery.

“Have the directions issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court for recovering the advertisement fees payable by M/s Selvel been complied with? Have the companies including Selvel deposited the amount mentioned in showcause notice? If no, then what action had been taken on companies including Selvel by the corporation?,” stated the questionnaire by the councillor.

The toilet scam of the civic body was probed by the CBI, in which it had registered a case against senior municipal officials for allegedly causing a loss of around Rs 13.66 crore to the state exchequer by awarding tenders to the company for maintaining sanitation of 86 public toilets for five years in 2007.

The Selvel Media got the work orders to maintain the toilets at a cost of around Rs 8,000 per toilet with an enhancement of 10 per cent every year for five years. After five years, the maintenance cost became Rs 12,000 per month.

The tenders were floated again; three companies applied for the work, of which only two qualified and again Selvel Media got the contract at a cost of Rs 17,303 per toilet with similar conditions.

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