Faridabad, April 11
Construction of the Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF) headquarters continues at a slow pace.
Only 35% of work completed
Only 35% of the work has been completed. The payout of Rs30 crore has been released so far. The project is running late and is not expected to be completed within a year. An official, Faridabad MC
Lag in payment
It is surprising that the payment of 70% of the total cost of Rs42 crore would have been released, which does not correspond to the work completed. The civic body has already been mired in a major payment scam. — Varun Sheokand, RTI activist
The work, blocked for four months, should be further delayed and skip the deadline. Work has been underway for two and a half years.
Sources within the administration say a dispute over payment to the agency executing the construction of the project caused work to be suspended for several months.
The multi-story building is being constructed in Sector 12 here. The tender for the project was published in October 2018 and was expected to be completed in October 2021.
“Only 35% of the work has been completed. The payment of Rs 30 crore has been released so far. The project is falling behind schedule and is not expected to be completed within a year,” an MC official said.
The new building is intended to replace the existing MC building located in the NIT area. Authorities had decided to move its headquarters to a more convenient location in Sector 12, which also houses the district’s mini secretariat and court complex.
Alleging irregularities, RTI campaigner Varun Sheokand said: “It is surprising that payment of 70% of the total cost of Rs 42 crore has been made which does not correspond to the work completed. Demanding an investigation, the MC has already been mired in a major payment scam, in which a contractor was recently arrested by the State Vigilance Bureau.
OP Kardam, Executive Engineer, MC, said the design issue led to a shutdown.
“Over 60% of the budget was spent on the base. The foundation of the building is already finished. It should be ready within a year,” he said.