Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Acting on the report of a vigilance inquiry, the Delhi Jal Board has suspended three engineers from service for allegedly paying money to a contractor for work that was not done.

According to Jal Board officials, residents of Gulmohur Park in South Delhi had complained to the Central Vigilance Commission about the engineers having paid a contractor for carrying out partial work related to laying of sewer lines in their area.

“The residents had submitted that the work was half done. Instead of 690 metres, the pipeline was laid only up to 350 metres. Also, instead of 45 manholes they had made only 35. But the engineers had made full payment to the contractor. This complaint was then forwarded to the vigilance officials of the Board,” said a senior official of the Jal Board.

The vigilance inquiry has indicted the three engineers -- executive engineer Anand Pal, assistant engineer A. Chaudhary and junior engineer Sukh Pal. “They have been suspended following the inquiry. We will now gather more details about the case and appoint an inquiry officer who will then give a detailed report,” the official said.

On the action that might be initiated against the accused following the submission of the report that is expected within six months, the official said: “There is a provision for major penalty, dismissal from work and even a reduction in their scale, but the quantum of punishment is decided only after the final report comes in and the accused are asked for their explanation.”