Chennai: At the least 660 metropolis highway contracts, finalised in a rush days earlier than the meeting elections, have now been cancelled by Better Chennai Company as most of those roads are in good situation. The civic physique is ready to avoid wasting about Rs 43 crore by these cancellations.
About 3,200 metropolis roads, small and massive, have been awarded to contractors in February 2021, beating the mannequin code of conduct, which kicked in on March 1, 2011. Of their hurry to name for and award contracts forward of the April 2021 elections, the GCC engineers at zonal degree had added a number of roads that have been in good situation for works.
Lately, company commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi had requested all govt engineers and regional deputy commissioners to examine the roads to seek out if needs to be laid afresh. After the two-week inspection, the RDCs of south, north and central areas despatched an inventory of 660 roads, saying they’re in good condition and don’t need to be laid. Whereas most of them are inside roads measuring no more than 300-500m, a number of have been bus route roads.
At a gathering scheduled at Ripon Buildings on Saturday, the problem might be mentioned and an in depth checklist of roads, together with explanation why they don’t require relaying, might be tabled earlier than the company commissioner.
On its half, the civic physique has additionally lately issued notices to 2 challenge administration consultants who have been in-charge of high quality management of most of those roads, calling upon them to clarify why motion shouldn’t be taken towards them as they did not challenge discover to errant contractors who’re responsible of laying poor high quality highway or laid roads over good high quality ones.
As an illustration, Kambar Salai in Mogappair that is available in Ambattur and Anna Nagar Fifth Avenue in Anna Nagar have been faraway from the checklist. As per an official, the highway was in good situation and required solely patch work. Many of the roads tendered out earlier than the polls fell in Valasaravakkam, Perungudi and Sholinganallur zones, and all have been discovered to be in good situation, stated an official.
Just a few of those roads have been recognized for laying sewage line or a telecommunication line. These roads have been patched up as these businesses pay the civic physique cash for highway restoration. “There may be one layer of bitumen nonetheless left on these roads, and they might stand up to for yet another 12 months. So, we determined to divert the cash to essentially dangerous roads that require speedy and full relaying,” stated a senior official. On some roads in zones like Perungudi, solely 50 out of 200m required relaying.