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Petition Committee asks Chief Secy to probe irregularities in desilting

Petition Committee asks Chief Secy to probe irregularities in desilting
Delhi Assembly's Petition Committee, after finding 'many violations' in desilting of drains and other works, on Friday asked Chief Secretary M M Kutty to probe the numerous irregularities in it and other pre-monsoon work by the Public Works Department and the civic bodies and take appropriate action.
Tabling the committee's report, its chairman and Aam Aadmi Party legislator Saurabh Bharadwaj said, "Choked drains were shown completely clean on papers. Other pre-monsoon works were also not done properly by the concerned departments (PWD and civic bodies)."
The committee recommended to "keep aside" the secretary of PWD Ashwini Kumar, who also holds additional charge of Secretary (Vigilance), from both the posts until the probe is completed.
"This happens every year... corruption (in concerned agencies) regarding the desilting work is spread from top to bottom," Bharadwaj said, adding the pre-monsoon work was not done properly by the concerned authorities.
Kumar was made the head of a Joint Committee formed to properly conduct pre-monsoon work in the city.
"We had asked the Joint Committee to issue and advertise a WhatsApp helpline number where people can register their problems related to choking of drains and water-logging. But we could not find any such advertisement," Bharadwaj said.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, earlier this month, had given specific instructions to the PWD secretary that he (Kumar) should visit the important drains to ensure their desilting ahead of monsoon.
Later, Kejriwal had accused Kumar of "openly and brazenly" violating his directions.
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