New Delhi: The MCD today ordered an inquiry
into waterlogging and leakage in its Rs 650-crore new
headquarters building -- Civic Centre -- and said action will
be taken if any negligence is found.
A meeting of the MCD Standing Committee saw a ruckus over
the issue with opposition Congress councillors shouting
slogans and demanding a CBI probe into the matter. They also
sought blacklisting and stoppage of payment to the Malaysian
contractor firm engaged in the project.
Three months after it was unveiled with great pomp,
several parts of the 28-storeyed, 112-metre Civic Centre, the
city`s tallest building, were seen waterlogged yesterday.
Following overnight rains, leakage of water through wall
and pipes was also found. The basement was under knee-deep
Standing Committee Chairman Yogender Chandolia asked a
probe panel headed by Engineer-in-Chief Ravidass to file a
report into the matter in three days. Municipal Commissioner K
S Mehra later told reporters that action will be taken if
anyone was found negligent.
"It seems that water had leaked through the expansion
joints ((the gap between floor decks for withholding weather
or seismic impact), the work on sealing of which is still to
be done in some places. The waterlogging at basement was
probably because the pumps did not work," he said.
Speaking at the meeting, Ravidass, however, tried to
dismiss the opposition allegations of "below standard
construction", saying he himself has inspected the building
and the material used was good. "There are no cracks in the
walls as has been said. There are some technical problems
which led to the flooding," he said.
Leader of Opposition J K Sharma, who led a media tour to
the building yesterday, was unimpressed with the internal
probe ordered and stuck on his demand for a CBI inquiry.
Congress councillors raised slogans for about 45 minutes
even as the agenda of the meeting was taken up and passed amid
the din. Chandolia accused the opposition of trying to disrupt
the proceedings unnecessarily. "The Leader of the Opposition
only wants to hog the headlines," he charged.