Firm`s streetlight contract cancelled for `sub-standard` work

In the first such instance of action against firms for "sub-standard" work in CWG projects, Delhi Government today cancelled a contract with a leading electrical company for installing streetlights in south Delhi.

New Delhi: In the first such instance of
action against firms for "sub-standard" work in Commonwealth
Games projects, Delhi Government today cancelled a contract
with a leading electrical company for installing streetlights
in south Delhi.

The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, which reviewed the progress of
installation of new streetlights across the city as part of
giving a new look to the city ahead of the international
event.

"After going through the projects, Dikshit expressed deep
dissatisfaction and ordered PWD to cancel the contract given
to Bajaj Electricals Ltd," a senior official, who attended the
meeting, said.

The firm was given a contract worth nearly Rs 100 crore
last year to install streetlights in several south Delhi
areas.

The official said the contract has been cancelled due to
poor quality of work as an inspection by the PWD found that
some of the streetlights were inferior in make.

The government had already paid 80 per cent of the total
contract amount to the company but the remaining 20 per cent
will not be given, the official said adding that the remaining
work of the project will now be undertaken by another
electrical company.

The firm was warned earlier also for their substandard
work, delayed implementation and low standard of material
used.

The Chief Minister told all the concerned agencies
undertaking installation of streetlights to complete their
work by August 25, he said.

Repeated attempts to reach officials of Bajaj Electricals
Ltd did not fructify.

PTI

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