Staff Reporter

TAMBARAM: Tambaram Municipal Councillors on Monday stressed the transparent process of awarding contracts to private agencies for implementing civic works. They also appealed to the administrators to go in for schemes that would cause lesser financial burden.

Cutting across partylines, the councillors charged that many works in the council's agenda meant to be taken up for discussion were already completed. Subjects relating to contracts already awarded were brought for discussion.

For instance, the last among 65 subjects at the meeting's agenda related to sanction of Rs. 10 lakh from the local body's funds to a contractor to supply water through tankers in some water-starved areas. DMK councillor A. Janakiraman pointed out that the contract was awarded on Thursday, the day when councillors received the agenda copy. He asked why there was a veil of secrecy around certain tender processes and sought transparency in such matters. The cost of certain works could be brought down if they are debated in the council hall.

Municipal Chairman

E. Mani agreed to go though the process after proper discussion. Apart from this water supply work, councillors also protested other schemes, charging that due procedures were not followed while calling for tenders and awarding contracts.

AIADMK councillor L. R. Chezhian said that even while going in for innovative schemes, quality of machines and equipment had to be accorded top priority. Councillors said only those devices and equipment certified by quality measuring agencies should be used in any civic work.