PMC to conduct third-party audit of extension bldg

ST Correspondent
Wednesday, 27 June 2018

The roof leakage issue was raised by the Standing Committee members in the meeting and administration has decided to conduct an audit.

Pune: The civic administration has decided to conduct a third-party audit of Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) new extension building after the incident of roof leakage reported last week during inauguration function of the building.

On Tuesday, roof leakage issue was raised by the Standing Committee members in the meeting. While giving information to members, Pune Municipal Commissioner Saurabh Rao told them that administration will conduct a third-party audit of new extension building of corporation by CoEP (College of Engineering of Pune). 

While speaking to Sakal Times, Yogesh Mulik, Chairman of the Standing committee said, “Administration will do a third-party audit of the building.” Earlier, Mayor Mukta Tilak instructed to administration to give show cause notices to contractors over the roof leakage issue. 

Roof leakage was first noticed during Vice President Venkaiah Naidu’s inaugural speech. This happened minutes after the building was inaugurated by Naidu on last Thursday. Rainwater accumulated on the rooftop started leaking near the visitors’ gallery. Civic officials tried their best to downplay the shortcomings in the construction and claimed that it happened as the storm water drain system was choked up. 

The construction of this building started after lack of space in the existing corporation building was pointed out. The then ruling coalition, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress took the decision to construct a new extension building in 2015 and NCP Chief Sharad Pawar was present for the bricklaying ceremony of the building.

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