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GHMC helping garbage vehicle scam plotters go scotfree


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GHMC helping garbage vehicle scam plotters go scotfree

2017-10-28 20:48:19

GHMC helping garbage vehicle scam plotters go scotfree

The News Bureau

The stink in the garbage vehicles wing of the GHMC continues unabated with the GHMC administration reluctant to follow the guidelines of the Vigilance and Enforcement wing of the state government in making purchases for the maintenance of the vehicles.

The GHMC has more than 1,000 vehicles including three and four wheelers to load and unload the garbage on priority basis to maintain the GHMC helping garbage vehicle scam plotters go scotfree ublic health. All the vehicles will report for repairs required to vehicle repair centers Malakpet, Khairatabad and Kavadiguda which function under the control of the Chief Transport Officer.

Each repair unit is headed by a Deputy Executive Engineer (DEE), assisted by an Assistant Engineer (AE) and Foreman. According to sources, Foreman, AE and DEE work in close coordination and prevent any attempt towards bringing transparency.

Sources said these three officials are colluded with the contractors and workers unions. They not only resort to corruption, misappropriation of funds but grease the workers unions to keep them at bay. In many cases, they even buy old spares from the old spares market in Afzalgunj but produce fake bills in collusion with certain fictitious dealers and firms.

All these things are known to the top brass of the GHMC, but they remain mute spectators to thee blatant corrupt practices due to obvious reasons, sources said. The higher-ups are prevented and pressurized by politicians from taking any action. Besides, the higher-ups fear any action would disturb garbage transportation as the officials working in the vehicle repairs units are capable of bringing the garbage vehicles to a halt, sources said.

The extent of power and influence enjoyed by some corrupt officials of the GHMC could be estimated from the fact that the recommendations made in September 2011 by the Vigilance and Enforcement department to prevent corruption and ensure transparency in the repairs of GHMC vehicles, have not been implemented even after six years, sources said.

Further, the corrupt GHMC officials, through the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Transport Contractors Association is trying to thwart the Lokayukta proceedings that were initiated after a social activist K Venkatanarayana approached Lokayukta seeking an independent investigation and action against the culprits.

Even as the Lokayukta proceedings were underway, the transport contractors association president Ramesh Kumar Tharad entered the picture. Claiming that the contractors had become victims as the GHMC stopped the payment for the supplies they have made, Ramesh Kumar made representations to the GHMC and also to the Lokayukta seeking a direction to release the dues.

No sooner Ramesh made the representations, the GHMC officials filed a reply in the Lokayukta in favour of the contractors as if everything has been straightened. Further, Ramesh had hired a strong team of advocates to fight the case.

The social activist says, “I am afraid the GHMC officials will in all probability thwart the case. Hence, I am appealing to the Lokayukta to recommend a CBI probe. Only a CBI probe can bring the culprits to book.”

Venkatnarayana also demanded that the GHMC should not concede the demand of the transport contractors since the dues being shown are towards fake supplies and fake receipts. Any payment should be made only after a CBI probe, he said.

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GHMC helping garbage vehicle scam plotters go scotfree

2017-10-28 20:48:19

The News Bureau

The stink in the garbage vehicles wing of the GHMC continues unabated with the GHMC administration reluctant to follow the guidelines of the Vigilance and Enforcement wing of the state government in making purchases for the maintenance of the vehicles.

The GHMC has more than 1,000 vehicles including three and four wheelers to load and unload the garbage on priority basis to maintain the ublic health. All the vehicles will report for repairs required to vehicle repair centers Malakpet, Khairatabad and Kavadiguda which function under the control of the Chief Transport Officer.

Each repair unit is headed by a Deputy Executive Engineer (DEE), assisted by an Assistant Engineer (AE) and Foreman. According to sources, Foreman, AE and DEE work in close coordination and prevent any attempt towards bringing transparency.

Sources said these three officials are colluded with the contractors and workers unions. They not only resort to corruption, misappropriation of funds but grease the workers unions to keep them at bay. In many cases, they even buy old spares from the old spares market in Afzalgunj but produce fake bills in collusion with certain fictitious dealers and firms.

All these things are known to the top brass of the GHMC, but they remain mute spectators to thee blatant corrupt practices due to obvious reasons, sources said. The higher-ups are prevented and pressurized by politicians from taking any action. Besides, the higher-ups fear any action would disturb garbage transportation as the officials working in the vehicle repairs units are capable of bringing the garbage vehicles to a halt, sources said.

The extent of power and influence enjoyed by some corrupt officials of the GHMC could be estimated from the fact that the recommendations made in September 2011 by the Vigilance and Enforcement department to prevent corruption and ensure transparency in the repairs of GHMC vehicles, have not been implemented even after six years, sources said.

Further, the corrupt GHMC officials, through the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Transport Contractors Association is trying to thwart the Lokayukta proceedings that were initiated after a social activist K Venkatanarayana approached Lokayukta seeking an independent investigation and action against the culprits.

Even as the Lokayukta proceedings were underway, the transport contractors association president Ramesh Kumar Tharad entered the picture. Claiming that the contractors had become victims as the GHMC stopped the payment for the supplies they have made, Ramesh Kumar made representations to the GHMC and also to the Lokayukta seeking a direction to release the dues.

No sooner Ramesh made the representations, the GHMC officials filed a reply in the Lokayukta in favour of the contractors as if everything has been straightened. Further, Ramesh had hired a strong team of advocates to fight the case.

The social activist says, “I am afraid the GHMC officials will in all probability thwart the case. Hence, I am appealing to the Lokayukta to recommend a CBI probe. Only a CBI probe can bring the culprits to book.”

Venkatnarayana also demanded that the GHMC should not concede the demand of the transport contractors since the dues being shown are towards fake supplies and fake receipts. Any payment should be made only after a CBI probe, he said.