Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service
Amritsar, July 1
With the first heavy rain of the season, cracks have emerged in the newly constructed buildings of 66 KV power grids at Guru Nanak Dev University and Government Medical College. Not only the buildings, the concrete structure to support the poles also caved in at the GNDU grid. The poor craftsmanship exposed at the Medical College Grid where a floor of the main hall caved in. Shining tiles have been installed on the floor, but the base was so poor that the mud under the floor was washed away by the first showers.
During a visit to the buildings, it has been observed that the civil wing of the Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (PSTCL) did not use quality material. It has been learnt that workers were trying to hide the cracks with soil. “Everyone knows how the government buildings are made. Almost 50 per cent funds go in officials’ commission. Contractors use substandard materials for government buildings,” said a worker at the site.
RTI-activist Jagdish Singh said, “The grids are still under construction and the floor of the building has caved in. It is a sheer wastage of the public money. The civil department clearly used substandard material. The government should inquire into the matter.”
NK Gandhi, Chief Engineer (Border), Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, said, “The Civil Wing of the PSTCL is responsible for the construction of buildings and power grids. They did not hand over the building yet. We will check before taking over the building. If the buildings will meet the standards and pass all tests, then we will take over it. I will check the issue.”
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