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BBMP unable to trace contractors indicted for irregularities

A total of 32 contractors, who executed various civil works worth over ₹1,500 crore between 2008 and 2012 in Malleswaram, Gandhinagar and Rajarajeshwarinagar divisions, have been indicted for irregularities.

A total of 32 contractors, who executed various civil works worth over ₹1,500 crore between 2008 and 2012 in Malleswaram, Gandhinagar and Rajarajeshwarinagar divisions, have been indicted for irregularities.   | Photo Credit: K_MURALI_KUMAR

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They are among 32 contractors who were to be served notices before being blacklisted

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has found itself in quandary as it cannot trace eight contractors who were to be served notices before being blacklisted.

A total of 32 contractors, who executed various civil works worth over ₹1,500 crore between 2008 and 2012 in Malleswaram, Gandhinagar and Rajarajeshwarinagar divisions, have been indicted by the committee headed by retired judge H.N. Nagamohan Das for irregularities. The committee recommended that the BBMP blacklist the 32 contractors, apart from recovering ₹76.56 crore from them.

In October 2018, the Urban Development Department had directed the civic body to blacklist the contractors and recover the money from them, apart from submitting an action taken report within a month.

According to senior officials, who spoke to The Hindu on condition of anonymity, the civic body is now issuing public notifications against the eight contractors.

“The notices were issued. However, eight contractors were not found at the addresses mentioned by them in the tender documents. As per the principle of natural justice, we will allow them time to respond to the public notification, following which the next course of action will be decided,” an official said.

About the wrong addresses, the official said that many contractors would have rented out offices temporarily during execution of contracts. “They may have wound them up after completion of work. Some may not be working with the BBMP any more,” the official said.

Meanwhile, the BBMP has decided to blacklist the 24 other contractors. The official said the contractors, in their response to the notices, had cited court cases.

“However, they have not made any mention of the petitions or furnished case details. Since their replies were not convincing, the BBMP Commissioner directed us to blacklist them,” the official said and added that individual orders would soon be issued to them by the BBMP's Chief Engineer (Projects).

Officials said that nearly 6,880 files pertaining to works executed in the three divisions were scrutinised. The committee found procedural irregularities, short recoveries, several lapses during spot inspection and various other violations. In its letter to the BBMP, the UDD had also directed the civic body to file departmental charge sheets against the officials, including executive engineers, assistant executive engineers, assistant engineers and accountants of the three divisions, for dereliction of duty. The BBMP's Administration Department, sources said, is working on the same.

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