City govt suspends 2 engineers

Four other officials get enhanced punishment

Public Works Department Minister Satyendar Jain on Saturday issued suspension orders to two engineers for sub-standard construction work as the Delhi government acts tough on corrupt officials.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also “enhanced” punishment already given to four officials involved in cases derelictions of duty.

On a surprise visit, Jain found that poor quality work was going on in the construction of 600 metre drain on Rani Jhansi Marg, near Tyre Market in Sadar Bazar area of the capital.
“It was seen during the inspection that a slab of the drain had been wrongly demolished, spacing of reinforcement was 200 mm against the approved 125 mm. The thickness of the slab was 100 mm against the design thickness of 150 mm,” a statement issued by the Delhi government said. “Jain directed suspension of the Assistant Engineer and the Junior Engineer for lapses in supervision of the work and alleged collusion with the contractor for cheating the government,” the statement further said.

He directed repatriation of the Superintending Engineer responsible for this area back to his parent organisation, Central Public Works Department. He was told that the Executive Engineer had already been transferred by the department.

The Quality Assurance team of the PWD was directed to conduct a detailed inquiry into the case. Sisodia reviewed several cases related to financial misappropriations, violation of departmental guidelines and concealment of vital information. He reviewed cases against principals of Sarvodaya Co-Ed Senior Secondary School Nanakpura, Sarvodaya Co-Ed Senior Secondary School Hiran Kudna, and Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya, Rani Jhansi Road, and he recommended strict action against them.

He also recommended initiation of major penalty proceedings against an Assistant Commissioner, Food and Supplies (Enforcement). He was accused of diversion of Public Distribution System foodgrains.

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