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Tuesday, 19 April 2016
BWSSB Babus Guilty of Irregularities
New Indian Express dated 19/4/16
BENGALURU: An inquiry committee set up to probe the irregularities in
underground drainage works of the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage
Board in Yelahanka has found a chief engineer and 14 other engineers
guilty of irregularities and malpractice. The board has lost `35 crore
owing to this.
The four-member committee opined that Chief
Engineer (Projects) and a section of his team of engineers have carried
out numerous violations in the drainage works in three layouts - Attur,
Jakkur and Venkatala Agrahara Layouts.
The contracts relate to
providing glazed stoneware pipeline for a length of 85.64 km, reinforced
cement concrete pipes for 11.45 km and construction of 2,286 manholes.
The work was taken up based on the report submitted by the Bengaluru
branch of the consultancy firm DHV Netherlands BV Water Technologies.
Engineer in-chief S Krishnappa and Executive Engineers S Narahari, B S C
Somashekhar and G R Govindaraj were on the panel. The inquiry was by
BWSSB after relentless pursuit of the issue by retired chief engineer P J
Sundaramurthy. He had even received two threat calls and had complained
about this at Hanumanth Nagar Police Station.
Those guilty have
violated the Karnataka Transparency in Public Procurement Act. As per
the Act, for any contract worth over `1 crore a publicised tender
notification needs to be called but this was not done, he said.
layouts were in an erstwhile green belt area where development activity
could not be taken up. There is no authentic communication from the
Urban Development Department that the drainage works can be taken up,”
Work order was split to three contractors without the
Board’s consent, which is mandatory, he said. The works were shown to be
a variation of the Greater Bangalore Water Supply and Sanitation
Project work going on in Bommanahalli, which has funding from the World
Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency. “By showing that the
project cost has exceeded what had been specified in the tender,
additional funding can be sought. This is what they did by rushing all
processes before March 31, 2015, as the WB has specified their financing
would end by then.” yet to decide on action plan
asked about the future course of action against the accused who are
presently on BWSSB payrolls, a top official said the report will be
presented in its upcoming board meeting.
“They will decide on the
course of action. It is likely that they may hand over the case to CID,
Anti-corruption Bureau or Lokayukta,” he said.