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Smart vending zones: MC yet to cancel contract of private firm

LUDHIANA: Despite getting instructions from the native our bodies division, civic authorities are but to succeed in any conclusion over the cancellation of an agreement with a private company that was once hired for building of good vending zones beneath the BRS Nagar flyover. A criticism was once made in contrast undertaking through RTI activist Kuldeep Khaira, announcing MC didn't procure an NOC from the irrigation division, and there were another irregularities in the undertaking, however officials claimed they'd carried out for the NOC from the irrigation division in Chandigarh, nevertheless it was once no longer provided so far.

It was once in January final 12 months that building of 250 retail outlets beneath the good vending zone was once began through a private corporate. As quickly as the paintings began, lawsuits against the undertaking surfaced. RTI activist Rohit Sabharwal complained there was once no approved format plan for this market, or even the provision of a car parking zone was once left out.

Similarly, another criticism was once made through Khaira (who raised the CLU case as smartly), who alleged there were irregularities in the agreement signed through MC with the corporate, and the irrigation division too didn't give an NOC to MC. Acting over the criticism, the irrigation division got an FIR registered against MC, due to which MC had to prevent the development paintings.

After the subject reached the chief vigilance officer (CVO) Sudeep Manak, the CVO — after carrying out an inquiry — directed the civic body in July final 12 months to scrap the undertaking instantly, and requested MC to present names of erring officials responsible for the development of those retail outlets, violating all norms. The officials had been additionally directed to broaden this undertaking from the preliminary degree through satisfying all formalities.

However, the proposal to cancel the corporate’s agreement was once kept in front of F&CC participants in November final 12 months, however mayor Balkar Sandhu had kept the solution pending, announcing he had demanded a complete file of this undertaking to do so against erring officials.

After that, no step was once initiated through anybody. When contacted, mayor Sandhu stated: “The F&CC had kept the solution pending at that time, and I had requested the complete detailed report of the undertaking, however may just no longer observe up the same from officials.” He stated he would once more ask for the report from the officials involved for taking motion in the subject.

Meanwhile, assistant commissioner JS Sekhon stated: “We had carried out for an NOC from the irrigation division in Chandigarh, however no reply got here from there, so we didn't devise another plan, however so far as cancellation of the contract was once involved, there was once no downside in that.”

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