The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has blacklisted Mumbai-based JP Enterprises for poor quality work as well as a delay in completing the project under Cement Concrete Road Phase-III Project. It is for the first time in NMC’s history that a contractor has been blacklisted for this reason.
Municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe on Wednesday issued orders for JP Enterprises to be blacklisted for a year and also slapped a fine of Rs8.11 lakh on the firm.
JP Enterprises was to construct roads (package-8 under Phase-III) covering Ekstambh Square to North Ambazari Road (road in front of Children Traffic Park) and Ekstambh Square to Zenda Chowk to Coffee House Square to Ram Nagar-Ravi Nagar Road.
A few months ago, NGO Civic Action Guild (CAG) had lodged a complaint with the then municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar alleging poor quality of works in the construction of footpath and laying of paver blocks on both sides of Ekstambh Square to North Ambazari Road.
CAG claimed that the paver blocks came out immediately after they were fitted. The NGO had also said paver blocks were placed without ensuring proper curing of cement concrete.
Bangar had ordered an inquiry which found the quality of paver blocks and other works not as per tender conditions.
Two days after Mundhe assumed charge as a municipal commissioner, he received the inquiry report. He issued notices to the contractor, project management consultant M/s Creations Engineers Private Ltd and NMC junior engineer Gajendra Shrivastav.
After receiving replies from all, Mundhe on Wednesday took action. Earlier, the contractors would be ‘excused’ whenever such inquiries were conducted. But Mundhe decided to blacklist the contractor. What action has been taken against Creations Engineers Private Ltd and Shrivastav could not be ascertained.
Despite the deadline of March 31, the contractor is yet to complete the main cement concrete works between Ekstambh Square and Zenda Chowk. Various other works too are pending. The total cost of the package is Rs32.47 crore.
The contractor will now have to complete remaining works but will not get any new work from the NMC in the next one year.
NMC sources told TOI that Mundhe blacklisted JP Enterprises to send a warning bell to all contractors engaged in road works.
The NMC’s cement concrete road phase-I of Rs133 crore, phase-II of Rs324 crore and phase-III of Rs302 crore are replete with poor quality works and inordinate delay.
Many roads concretized under the first two phases have developed cracks along with scaling of the surface layer. Quality of paver blocks, footpaths, road-divider too are of shoddy quality. No action has been taken against any contractor in the last nine years.
(With inputs from timesofindia)