Coimbatore Mayor should resign, says AIADMK
Rates in the bids for water scheme too not acceptable, says report
AIADMK wants audit report recommendation implemented
COIMBATORE: The report of an audit of the Coimbatore Corporation’s project for two sewage treatment plants has recommended that the civic body invite fresh tenders, in the wake of charges of irregularities in the invitation of bids earlier. It also suggested an inquiry into the charges.
Following charges by the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) of kickbacks in the process of inviting bids and awarding contracts, Mayor R. Venkatachalam had asked for the auditing of the Rs.89-crore proposals for the treatment plants and also five of the six packages of the Rs.113-crore Pilloor Phase II drinking water scheme. Citing the charges of bidders forming a syndicate and the case of the rates quoted in the bids being more than the project estimate, the report from Deputy Director of Corporation Audit P. Nadasigamani recommended fresh tenders for the treatment plant project.
The report also stated that the rates in the bids for the water scheme also were not acceptable as these were 14 per cent to 85 per cent higher than the estimates for five packages.
Both the projects were approved through resolutions in the Corporation Council with the help of the combined majority of the Congress, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and some Independents at the March 27 Urgent Meeting.
Corporation authorities said on Friday fresh tenders would not be necessary as the audit report had only recommended this as an option.
The civic body was certain that there were no irregularities and therefore it was not wise to delay the projects that were already pending for a decade.
Releasing copies of the audit report to the media, Councillor P. Rajkumar (AIADMK) asked why the Corporation had to send the proposals for auditing if it knew that no recommendation would be binding on it.
“I strongly believe that the proposals were sent for auditing to buy time to strike deals with various parties and push the resolutions.”
Mr. Rajkumar wanted Mayor R. Venkatachalam to resign because of irregularities and wanted to know why the audit report, dated March 25, was not placed in the Council meeting two days later.