Chandigarh: Chandigarh Municipal Corporation is facing a tough time cleaning road gullies as the contractor is adamant on more manpower and equipment for carrying out the job. However, amid the furore, the Rs 54-lakh contract has literally gone down the drain as most of the road gullies on city roads are blocked. It seems that the MC is not ready to take on the monsoons as the various road gullies on city roads are choked and blocked. Most of the road gully vents are not even visible from the surface as it is blocked with dry mud and dry leaves.
Mayor Arun Sood called for the meeting of the contractor and the workers, assigned the job to clean the road gullies and sewerage of the city on Monday and directed them to carry out the work on priority basis. The Mayor said, “It has been observed that the contractor is not working properly and most of the road gullies are blocked. We have been receiving many complaints regarding water-logging in various areas. So, we called up a meeting of contractor, workers and MC engineering staff to sort out the problem, so that the work of cleaning of road gullies may be expedited before onset of monsoons.” Sood also added that the contractor has been directed to expedite the work and the MC engineering staff has also been directed to supply the equipment used to carry out the cleaning of the road gullies and sewerage.
On the other hand, the contractor alleged that MC has not been providing enough manpower and equipment like rope, shovel, pan to remove slush and mud from the road gullies. MC has allotted a tender worth Rs 54 lakh for cleaning of road gullies, but till date there has been no progress as most of the city road gullies are blocked. FOSWAC chairman Baljinder Singh Bittu said, “It has been observed that MC has been spending public money which is generally going waste as people are not benefitted from the spending. The road gullies in various sectors are blocked and no one is taking pains to clear them which results in major water-logging during the monsoons. We have been receiving complaints from various RWA’s about blocked road gullies.”
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