Harshraj Singh

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20

Despite directions and repeated reminders issued by the Department of Local Government for over the past two years, the Municipal Corporation (MC), Ludhiana, has failed to take action against anomalies in the Smart Vending Zone project.

After finding a number of anomalies, the then Chief Vigilance Officer, Department of Local Government, had issued directions to the civic body to cancel the project agreement with a private firm in June 2018 but the MC took no action. On Friday, the MC’s Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) again kept the proposal for cancellation of agreement pending.

Under the project, the Municipal Corporation had allowed the firm to construct over 200 structures, including around 190 shops and 32 commercial halls, on a piece of land (central road portion under Southern Bypass ROB) at BRS Nagar without getting a ‘no objection certificate’ from the Irrigation Department, which is the actual owner of the land.

Notably, the foundation work for the construction of buildings was started without any approved building plan and required permission in 2018. The Irrigation Department had then also submitted a complaint to the police against the construction work.

Many questions were raised over conditions of the agreement between the firm and the MC for a period of 20 years.

As per the agreement, the private firm was empowered to collect up to Rs…

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