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Roads scam fallout: Vigilance dept to keep close watch on site engineers

The vigilance department has prepared nine templates for evaluating a contract at specific intervals.

Written by Arita Sarkar | Mumbai |
September 27, 2016 1:49:38 am

IN an attempt to plug loopholes exposed by the Rs 2,000-crore roads scam, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has framed new monitoring guidelines in order to fix accountability of engineers. The guidelines came into force Monday. The vigilance department of the civic body has formulated a system of periodic submission of compliance reports by engineers, which will be corroborated by vigilance officials.

The vigilance department has prepared nine templates for evaluating a contract at specific intervals. Manohar Pawar, chief engineer in the department, said the department would play an active role in corroborating the information mentioned in the forms. “Our primary aim is to strengthen the vigilance department. The templates have been designed to conduct an intensive and comprehensive examination of the work and to maintain uniformity in the reports,” said Pawar.

Each of the forms will be filled by the site engineers and will be signed off by the executive engineers. In one of the templates, progress reports will have to be filled after 15 per cent of the work is complete and similarly after 40 per cent and 80 per cent work is completed, in which photographs have been made mandatory. “After each of these forms are submitted, we will examine them and conduct a site visit of our own to ensure all the facts mentioned in the report are true. If anomalies are found, appropriate action will be taken against the engineer who has filed the report,” said Pawar.

Apart from the progress reports, the engineer will also be responsible for collecting preliminary information of the work, submitting trial pit reports and filling out other forms asking for information before processing the final bill. The circular also includes norms about re-visiting tenders which will now be examined by the vigilance department before the final decision is taken.

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As per municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta’s directions, other responsibilities of the vigilance officials will also include random inspection of material at the source before it is allowed to be used at the site.

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