Chandigarh Newsline highlighted how Rs 50.73 crore that has been spent on road recarpeting has literally gone down the drain. Newsline also took a round of the roads with former chief engineer who found road construction defects.
A retired chief engineer said right from Junior Engineer to the Executive Engineer, they are supposed to make repeated checks at the site to ensure that the work is being carried out as per the detailed notice inviting tender. As former UT chief engineer, S K Chadha put it, “An engineer is the virtual owner of the road.”
Officials of the UT horticulture wing say that after an application for felling a tree is received at the department, a report is prepared with photographs of the tree and its condition after a field visit.
Chandigarh is already being assisted by France in the Smart City project, but this will be the first to have an agreement. The city has also sought financial assistance (loan) of Rs 550 crore from a French development bank for its 24x7 water supply project.