Deputy Commissioner asks the civic body to float fresh tenders
Raichur MLA had accused the CMC of `hiding' the tender notification CMC accused of taking up the works in violation of the Transparency Act Deputy Commissioner asks CMC to get the relevant files cleared before issuing tender notification
Raichur: Deputy Commissioner Tushar Girinath has asked the Raichur City Municipal Council (CMC) to suspend all development works taken up recently. He has asked the CMC to call fresh tender notification, in accordance with the Karnataka Transparency Act and then resume work.
The direction comes in the wake of a directive from the Department of Municipal Administration. Recently, he received a letter from C. Krishne Gowda, Joint Director of the Municipal Administration, asking him to take steps to suspend all development works, which had been taken up in violation of the Act. Mr. Krishne Gowda asked the Deputy Commissioner to investigate and submit a report.
The Department of Municipal Administration had received a complaint from Raichur MLA A. Papa Reddy. Mr. Reddy had alleged that the CMC had taken up several works, including laying and repairs to drinking water supply lines, repairs to drains and roads in the city, in violation of the Karnataka Transparency Act.
It floated a tender for implementing about 101 works at an estimated cost of Rs. 2.5 crore. It published the tender in a daily newspaper in February. But it allegedly managed to "hide" the tender notification.
The MLA alleged that the CMC authorities concerned had included many development works in the tender. It proposed to spend Rs. 2.5 crore for the works without budgetary allocation. The CMC had carried out 14 works estimated at Rs. 50 lakh. But it was forced to suspend the work following a direction from the district administration.
The Deputy Commissioner has asked the officials concerned to submit all files pertaining to the proposed works for getting an administrative approval before calling a fresh tender. He asked the CMC to publish the tender in newspapers.
According to M. Eranna, CMC president, the civic body had not violated any norms while implementing the development works. It implemented the works under scarcity relief works in accordance with the Karnataka Transparency Act.