FOLLOWING ALLEGED irregularities in allotment of maintenance contract of public toilets to Selvel Media, the Municipal Corporation is now all set to get resumed (to take over) the company’s properties in order to recover the losses worth Rs 12 crore. A list of properties will be given to the Deputy Commissioner for initiating the process.
Mayor Arun Sood called a meeting of 15 officials, including both the Joint Commissioners, to discuss recoveries in various matters when this decision was taken. “As it is the DC office that attaches properties, we will be providing them a list of all the properties of the Selvel company so that they may take action immediately. We have to recover around Rs 12 crore from them and properties worth this amount will be resumed,” said Sood, adding that they had sent notices to the company for recoveries. The mayor directed a team of officials to identify the company’s properties in the country so that they might take action accordingly.
Selvel Media got the work orders to maintain 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 and 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. In this case, the CBI had registered a case against senior MC officials for allegedly causing loss worth crores to state exchequer by awarding tenders to the company for maintaining sanitation of 86 public toilets for five years in 2007.
Not just getting its properties resumed, the officials discussed in the meeting that proper procedure to blacklist a particular company might be studied. All the officials of the engineering wing, public health and law officer attended the meeting.
The MC is going to act tough against all those from whom money has to be recovered. A list has also been called of other companies that owe money to the civic body and cases have been going on against them in the DC office.