Road audits: STAC raps civic body for inaction

The standing technical advisory committee pulled up the BMC over lack of action on the suggestions made by external auditors for road works in the city.

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 13, 2012 4:19:28 am

The standing technical advisory committee (STAC) pulled up the BMC over lack of action on the suggestions made by external auditors for road works in the city. STAC members also pointed out at the shortcomings in the auditing being done by Swiss firm SGS Ltd,which has been appointed by the civic body to monitor the quality of ongoing road works.

Committee chairman N V Merani said the auditors were submitted reports based on supervision only. “We have asked them to make two reports — one based on their supervision and another that purely talks about the result of the audit and actions needed to be undertaken by the vigilance department. Moreover,the BMC is not monitoring their inputs as much as it should,” he said.

As per the presentation made by SGS,three major problems were detected. Director of SGS N C Paulson said the absence of supervisory manpower of the contractor,machinery and laboratory testing of raw materials were the biggest and most common problems. “The reason for delay in the roads work is that we are ensuring that a wrongly laid road does not remain that way. We have suggested relaying of lower crusts in a number of places,” said Paulson.

SGS officials feel that despite adequate inputs to the BMC about discrepancies in the road,the civic body is not acting upon the suggestions due to its technological inadequacy. Moreover,they are finding it difficult to work with non-professional road contractors who have been bagging the contracts for many years.

Merani said there was an urgent need to increase manpower at all levels of construction. “The lab set up to test the quality of materials is not used in many cases because of lack of manpower. Important machinery like rollers are absent in many places. All this needs to be corrected.”

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