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MCG’s drain cleaning project may cost 50% less

Gurgaon: After the intervention of councillors, the estimated cost of MCG’s project to clean and desilt all sewer and stormwater drains in the city is likely to come drastically down from Rs 28.5 crore to around Rs 13 crore — a reduction of over 50%.

After the corporation had prepared a proposal for the project in May, several councillors had alleged that it had been prepared without planning and costs had been inflated due to pressure from influential contractors. After discussion with MCG commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh on Friday, the councillors submitted a detailed analysis with a reduced estimate.

According to the revised proposal, the cost of hiring a super-sucker has been estimated at Rs 19,000 per day instead of the earlier Rs 40,000; cleaning of sewer lines will cost Rs 5 crore instead of Rs 17 crore; and cleaning of stormwater drains has come down from Rs 12 crore to Rs 8 crore.

“It is shocking that there are no checks and balances on the estimates, nor is there any coordination among MCG engineers,” Mahesh Dayma, councillor of Ward No. 30, said. Ward No. 34 councillor RS Rathee alleged despite raising the issue of inflated estimates, the tenders were issued and work was allotted to the contractors on June 8.

When asked, MCG commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh said, “We are examining the matter. A decision will be taken soon.”

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