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Chandigarh: Manimajra recarpeted road gives in, Commissioner Yadav orders probe

The issue came up during the discussion on Rs 50 crore funds given by the UT Administration on potholed roads of the civic body. 

Written by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Published: November 15, 2019 8:19:39 am
Chandigarh: Manimajra recarpeted road gives in, Commissioner Yadav orders probe The road in question at Manimajra is the one near Thakurdwar and Gobindnagar. It is a 2-km stretch. (Express photo: Kamleshwar Singh)

MUNICIPAL COMMISSIONER K K Yadav has ordered a high-level inquiry to fix the accountability of officers after he found that a road in Manimajra recarpeted last year is completely broken now. Yadav also sought a detailed report on all the roads that were recarpeted not just in the last six months but also in the last five years to carry out a personal inspection.

While speaking about it in the General House meeting held on Thursday, he said, “If the road is giving in before its said time, responsibility of the officials concerned is to be fixed. Chandigarh is the first city where life of road recarpeting is assumed to be five years. At whichever places I have been posted, it is eight years and here the roads are giving in much before the assumed time as well.”

The commissioner added, “I inspected and found that the road in Manimajra was recarpeted last November and it is tattered now.”

The road in question is the one near Thakurdwar and Gobindnagar. It is a 2-km stretch.

An inquiry has been ordered to fix responsibility of the official and recovery will also be imposed on those found guilty. It will also be checked if quality was genuinely being ensured in the road work that was being carried out. The quality control wing has been activated and informed to take samples and test them before each stretch sees recarpeting.

This issue came up during the discussion on Rs 50 crore funds given by the UT Administration on potholed roads of the civic body. As the councillors kept pressing for recarpeting of roads in their wards, Commissioner Yadav said that those roads would be recarpeted which were in dire need of recarpeting.

“We have prepared a list and only those roads as of now will be covered which were due (for recarpeting) in 2017-18 and 2018-19 (till March 31, 2019). No other roads will be covered. We have to repair those which are in really bad shape,” he said.

Yadav replied after BJP councillor Arun Sood asked for getting a parking recarpeted in his ward.

Where is Rs 50 cr fund given by UT for roads?

Former mayor and BJP councillor Davesh Moudgil questioned in the General House as to where Rs 50 crore was which was given by the administration for roads during his term.

“I want to ask the engineers where is Rs 50 crore? When those roads are now being recarpeted which were due in 2017-18 and 2018-19 then where has that money gone? An investigation should be conducted to know about spending of those funds,” Moudgil said.

To this, the commissioner replied that he had already sought a list of roads recarpeted in the last five years and when these were previously recarpeted.

BJP councillor Shakti Prakash Devshali said that a stretch in his ward has been scarified and left like that with commuters suffering.

Commissioner Yadav then pulled up the executive engineer concerned asking why road work has been left incomplete when not much payment to the contractor has been pending. He even ordered that those contractors be blacklisted who leave the work midway.

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