MMC issued 20 tenders in violation of Nagar Nigam Act: Chief auditor

MEERUT: The chief auditor of Meerut Municipal Corporation has alleged that the civic body issued 20 tenders worth Rs 5.51 crore without conducting any survey report, map or detailed project report (DPR) in violation of the Nagar Nigam Act.

The tenders, which were passed on August 18, did not have approval from any of the competent authorities of the MMC, chief auditor Sachchidanand Tripathi has alleged in his letter to the MMC municipal commissioner, a copy of which is with TOI.

Tripathi said he had sought files related to the survey reports, maps and DPRs of all the 20 tenders issued by the engineering department on August 18 but no file was shown to him for audit purpose.

“It has been found several times that the engineering department has issued tenders without following the norms of Nagar Nigam Act, but no official, including divisional commissioner, municipal commissioner or mayor has tried to stop this corruption,” the letter read.

According to the Nagar Nigam Act, issuing tender without preparing of DPR is illegal. Estimate for any work can be done only after preparing a DPR or survey report. This estimate is then submitted to the municipal board for approval and after that, sent to the government.

Tripathi said the engineering department had violated the Nagar Nigam Act by exceeding the budget allocated for construction work. He also pointed out that the department does not maintain any register for keeping records of approval of budget and allocation for different works. “I have marked audit objection in the past too on several files but the engineering section is continuously making a mockery of the Nagar Nigam Act,” the chief auditor said.

In his letter, he also mentioned that if all the formalities are not completed before tendering, all officers will be liable in case financial irregularity is found. MMC municipal commissioner Umesh Pratap Singh could not be contacted for his comment.

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