GURGAON: The days of the sanitation contractor responsible for the areas falling under HUDA's jurisdiction are numbered. The administrator had issued a week's notice to the contractor before terminating his services for failing miserably to keep the city clean.
The intention of Leading Man Power Solution was under question ever since the firm bagged the contract in March 2011 since it offered to do the job for much less than HUDA's estimate. According to the tender document for cleaning and sweeping of master, sector roads and berms and lifting the filth and dumping at fixed places, HUDA stated that at least Rs 32 lakh per month needs to be spent to carry out sanitation work in its area (nearly 70 per cent of the city and almost all the new Gurgaon . However, the contractor managed to bag the award for a period of three years by quoting just Rs 17 lakh per month to do the job. Even though the firm got the contract, it could not carry out the task efficiently as it could not bear the labour costs.
While it was required to have 283 sanitation workers, there were barely a handful who did the task, leading to the rising number of complaints by the residents. "There is an array of allegations against the firm and therefore we have served a well documented notice for lack of performance and have given it seven days to file a reply. The contractor does not have the intention or competency to do the job and we are very hopeful that we will be able to terminate its services as soon as we get his reply. Almost all the resident welfare associations have filed complaints against the contractor," said a senior official.
According to the official, the contractor was charging HUDA over Rs 70 lakh every month by inflating bills. "Even though the firm has done absolutely nothing, it used to inflate bills and charge us Rs 70-80 lakh a month. This is really a huge amount and we are sure we can do a much better job if we do it ourselves. Also, it's believed that the contractor is close to the chief minister since the two belong to the same district. It, however, appears he had been misusing the chief minister's name and does not have any affiliation with him." HUDA is planning to do the sanitation work by itself until a new contractor is awarded the work.