Agartala, Aug. 7: Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar has ordered an inquiry into the procurement process of TMT bars, sources confirmed here today.
Sarkar has asked chief secretary S.K. Panda to investigate the allegations raised by the then Opposition leader Ratanlal Nath on the process of procurement of 7,000 ton-nes of TMT bars.
Nath today said: “I was informed by the principal secretary to chief minister’s office that the chief minister had asked the chief secretary to investigate the issues raised by me.” Earlier, Nath demanded inviting fresh tenders after cancelling the earlier tender process floated by the rural development department. Of late, the department ordered supply of 5,600 tonnes of TMT bars after finalising tender procedure.
However, there are allegations that the department has not followed the guidelines laid down by the PWD. According to the guidelines, TMT bars of all sizes must be procured from billet (high quality TMT bars) and the manufacturers must have at least three years’ performance certificate.
“It has come to my notice that after finalisation of the tender the RD department has selected a Guwahati-based TMT bar-manufacturing company for procuring 5,600 tonnes of TMT bars of different sizes as the company has reduced the cost of the bars,” Nath said in a letter addressed to Sarkar on July 20 this year.
In the letter, he mentioned that a Calcutta-based company has not got billet TMT bars though it was given a supply order. “There should not be any comprise with the quality of building materials as the state falls under seismic zone V —a highly earthquake-prone zone,” the letter said.