Black list the contractor, demand councillors

Poor execution of the ongoing underground drainage works was discussed during the monthly meeting of the City Municipal Council, in Chamarajanagar, on Thursday.

The councillors alleged that the delay in completing the works is due to the negligence of the officials. Instead of taking up works ward-wise, the company that has bagged the contract has dug up the whole city, causing inconvenience to the public, they complained.
The councillors flayed the company for its unscientific works and demanded that its licence be cancelled and blacklisting. The works should be handed over to another company, they demanded.

The CMC should not settle the bills submitted by the company for the completed works. Only after the ongoing works are completed, the remaining work should be started, they stressed.

Commissioner Vijay said, the government has sanctioned Rs 10.5 crore to complete the pending UGD works. The councillors should make a list of flaws and submit it. The company has already been levied a fine of Rs 14 lakh, he said. A decision on blacklisting the company would be taken after holding discussions with the Deputy Commissioner, he added.

Water pipes

The Assistant Engineer explained that Rs 8,000 is spent for each house to provide water connection. He said, it is possible to upgrade water supply if the CMC bears the cost. The UPCC pipes being used will prevent unauthorised water connections. The water bill will be according to the usage, which will help the people, he added.

Proposal

Assistant Engineer of the Karnataka Water Supply and UGD Board Umesh said, a proposal to supply water to the city from T Narasipur through canals, at an estimated cost of Rs 195.8 crore has been submitted to the government.

 Currently, water is being supplied to the villages through Mangala Purifying unit. The plan will ensure unhindered water supply up to 2046, he explained.  The works would be completed within three years once the government gives its nod, he said.

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