The Delhi Lokayukta has suggested a system in which roads where development work is transferred to a different agency are first inspected to ascertain how much money was spent. He made the suggestion on a complaint alleging misuse of government funds for road development in the city.
The complaint,filed by MCD councillor Jitender Singh Shunty,highlighted a recent newspaper advertisement taken out by the Public Works Department (PWD),which said it had taken over development of 107 roads,which were under the jurisdiction of the MCD.
According to the complainant,one of the roads mentioned on the list,in East Delhis Vivek Vihar,had recently been developed by the MCD at a cost of Rs 69 lakh. The complainant said it would be pointless to develop this road again and would be a wastage of funds.
It appears that the above matter points out the need for having a system in place whereby roads which are now to be developed and/or are being taken over from Municipal Corporation of Delhi,are inspected. Further,it has to be ascertained whether in the last one-and-a-half years,any work of development on the said road had been done. If so,under what work order and the amount paid for the said order, Justice Manmohan Sarin,the Lokayuktas presiding officer,wrote in a recent order.
The judge said this would ensure that such incidents do not occur and if there were roads whose condition had deteriorated in the past year or so,then action for defective work could be initiated by the MCD and recoveries are made from those who had done the defective work.
The Lokayukta court said this communication should be maintained between the PWD and the three municipal corporations and the observation could be treated as a suggestion in terms of Section 16 of the Delhi Lokayukta and Upalokayukta Act.