Ludhiana: Council of Engineers on Thursday filed a complaint with the chief minister, minister of local bodies, chief secretary, principal secretary of local government and municipal commissioner regarding recarpeting of ongoing roads at inner roads of Block E and BRS Nagar in Ludhiana.
The association has demanded sampling of bituminous concrete laid over roads as well as tests to be performed at GNE College in its presence.
Engineer Kapil Arora said the first layer of bituminous concrete was laid in front of his residence and to clear the doubts regarding quality and quantity of material used, he discussed the matter with MC commissioner and filed one complaint on Thursday with request for sampling and testing of bituminous content and density test of layer laid by the contractor. He added that however, on Friday, the team of contractors came to lay the top layer to finalise the carpeting work.
Arora claimed that an officer told him that he may take samples on his own but since such sample testing is not acceptable, he asked him to send a quality control team to take samples from place as desired by the association. He added the work was stopped by the contractor after receiving a call from junior engineer of MC.
Arora further said the junior engineer came along with a third party quality control team to which the complainant asked to take some samples using a core cutting machine. He claimed that the third party as well as MC do not have core cutting machine thus such a sample was not possible on Friday and it can only be done on Monday through GNE College.
“The JE said till then work can be put on hold to which the complainant agreed. There is a big question on the credibility of third party quality control team engaged by MC because the team is not even having important lab instrument like core cutting machine. How can MC check the proper quality of ongoing works at site as and when required especially on public holidays?” the complainant said. He added that after some time, junior engineer said the third party (quality control) has taken samples for lab testing but such sampling that is done without information and knowledge of the association smells fishy.
“We couldn’t find any place of impugned road under construction from where the company has removed the entire thickness of bituminous concrete layer of prescribed size for lab tests,” he said.
Engineer Mohit Jain, senior vice-president of the association, said after sometime, the carpeting of the second layer of bituminous concrete was started with the consent of MC officials, but without any sampling for lab test as per our demand and satisfaction. He added that the level of road has been changed by laying uneven thickness due to which there might be an issue of waterlogging on rainy days, which may lead to earlier damage of roads too.
Kulwant Singh Rai, vice-president of the association, said since it is their lawful right to check the quality of public works being executed by urban local body, the Council of Engineers has filed a complaint with higher authorities with request to issue direction to department/ officials concerned to takesSamples of road from various location along with tests to be conducted in civil engineering lab of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College in the presence of the association members.
Junior engineer Baljinder Singh said sample of the road was collected by third party. he added that the person was asking for core cutting of the road which can be done with machine after proper density of work is achieved after it’s completion and not when only half work is done. He added that work is almost complete there.
The junior engineer said residents of the area are keen on completing the work at the earliest. He added that even report of the samples of roa, that the third party had taken and were sent to GNE college, have not shown anything wrong with quality of work.