The fine was increased after councillors complained of lackadaisical attitude of the MC to catch stray cattle. The councillors, at that time, had urged the MC to increase the fine so that the people who leave their cattle can be stopped from doing so.
Documents of the estimates prepared by the architect firm revealed that the rates of pebble beds for which the MC awarded Rs 2400 to Rs 2900 per square meter to the contractor, were actually quoted only for Rs 150 per square meter.
Though Chandigarh MC chief engineer claims they stopped installing pavers on internal sector roads (V6) last Oct, pavers are being laid along these roads even as you read this. Grants for pavers continue to be passed.
While the top brass of UT Administration continue to turn a blind eye to the gross violation of the master plan, the corporation continues to spend crores of rupees on laying paver blocks across the city.
Cabinet minister Balbir Singh Sidhu raised the issue in Punjab Assembly in July 2017 about the high cost and demanded the contract be cancelled. In January this year, the local bodies department demanded the same due to payment issue.