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Interlocking tiles: 3 officials to be chargesheeted

 

LUDHIANA: Local bodies minister Anil Joshi has recommended chargesheeting of officials found guilty of using substandard interlocking tiles on Gill Road and for providing financial benefit to the contractor.

 

 

This information has been procured by city resident Kuldeep Singh Khaira under RTI.

 

 

Joshi had ordered Ludhiana municipal corporation to file a chargesheet against superintending engineer HS Khosa, executive engineer Rakesh Sharma and junior engineer Rakesh Singla.

 

 

The inquiry report has also nailed these officials for providing financial benefit to contractor.

 

 

Khaira in 2014 had filed a complaint in this regard to Punjab Vigilance Bureau, which further forwarded the complaint to local bodies department. During the inquiry, the interlocking tiles were found to be of inferior quality.

 

 

The report further states that the contractor was paid Rs 35 per piece for 40mm tiles and Rs 50 per piece for 80mm tiles whereas the rate fixed for 40mm tile was just Rs 9 and 80mm tile was Rs 12. The minister has asked MC commissioner to take required action against the contractor in this case.

 

 

After testing the sealed sample of tiles provided by the MC to RTI activist, the testing and consultancy cell of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, found that sample of a 80 mm, was of less comprehensive strength than estimated.

 

 

The document obtained under RTI from local bodies department also said MC had also sent samples of tiles for testing. Some more testing reports by the same college revealed that the tiles had compressive strength of 30.40, 34.10 and 50.90 MPa.

 

 

Sources said the work to install tiles on this road started about four years ago, and was supposed to completed within six months, but the contractor had completed only 50% work so far.

 

Read More: Interlocking tiles: 3 officials to be chargesheeted - The Times of India

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