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Crackdown on water lines

Dhanbad Municipal Corporation has decided to launch a crackdown on illegal water connection with an aim to shore up revenue.

At a review meeting held under the leadership of the corporation’s chief executive officer Awadesh Kumar Pandey on Monday, a four-member committee was formed for the purpose. The committee, which will be led by executive officer of the corporation’s Dhanbad circle Anil Kumar, will carry out spot inspections across all wards under the civic body and submit a report within a week.

The civic body received as many as 242 applications for water connection over the past two months. But some applicants have already taken water connection illegally with the help of officials and plumbers of the corporation without following the due procedures or coughing up the prescribed fee.

“If the team finds any discrepancy during inspection, an FIR will be lodged against all three — applicant, official and plumber. We also decided to boost our revenue by collecting holding tax for which we will organise camps in all 55 wards of Dhanbad from next week,” Pandey said.

Deputy chief executive officer of Dhanbad Municipal Corporation Siddharth Shankar Chaudhary and procurement officer of Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) R.L. Das also attended the meeting that also discussed several key issues.

The solid waste management project, which was started by A2Z infrastructure in three wards (Nos. 20, 24 and 30) from October 1 as a pilot initiative, came under the scanner. Pandey instructed JNNURM procurement officer Das to submit a report on ongoing works like cleaning drains and dumping of garbage within five days.

The corporation has already approved a plan submitted by A2Z to expand its service to eight other wards in Dhanbad circle by this month-end and cover all 55 wards spread across other four circles, Jharia, Sindri, Katras and Chatatand, by the end of March.

The chief executive officer also expressed his displeasure over the delay in execution of various schemes in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 financial years. Pandey instructed all junior engineers, assistant engineers and executive engineers to carry out a review of the ongoing projects and lodge FIRs against such contractors who are yet to complete work despite receiving notices and blacklist them as a final step.

“We will carry out a review of construction of roads and drains and installation of streetlights for which agreements have been made with contractors from September 2012 onwards. We will instruct all such contractors to begin work soon, failing which their agreements will be terminated,” said Pandey, directing the officials to clear retirement dues of all staff, except those against whom cases are pending.

Further, the officials were told to make necessary preparations for beginning the auction process for motorcycle stands at various places of the district for the next financial year (2013-14).


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