The summer vacations are over and students of North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) schools once again find themselves in the midst of dilapidated buildings and filthy toilets. With the NDMC engineers failing to complete the renovation, which was supposed to be completed during the break, students are forced to get back to academics in the run-down state.
No major bidders
Normally, every year, the renovation of civic schools, including repair of ceilings, doors, toiletsand electrical works, are done during the vacations. However, this time the Corporation’s tenders failed to attract major bidders and contractors.
Sources in the Corporation said not even 50 per cent of the work has been completed in the stipulated one-and-a-half month period. They also highlighted the absence of coordination between agencies. Commissioner P.K. Gupta has pulled up the officials of the Engineering and Education Department.
While the Engineering Department officials claimed that over 50 per cent of the work was complete, the Education Department officials countered the claim, saying that only 15 per cent of the work was complete.
A Corporation official said: “The repair work was not major, so not many contractors came forward to carry it out. The cost of the repair work was not more than a few lakh rupees. The fault lies with the senior officials, who should have acted after no contractor showed any interest. The job then should have been assigned under the Unit Rate (UR) method.”
The political leadership of the Corporation, however, blamed it on the municipal contractors, who went on strike and the lack of coordination between the internal agencies.
When asked about the status of the renovation, Mahender Nagpal, Leader of the House in NDMC, said that he has categorically asked the Engineering Department to complete the work within a week or face strict action.