Coimbatore Corporation Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan along with Deputy Commissioner P. Gandhimathi and engineering wing officials lifted samples from two stretches of the Selvapuram Bypass Road that is under construction to check quality of road work.
Mr. Vijayakarthikeyan said that following complaints that the progress had been tardy, he carried out a surprise inspection at the site, where two km was being completed in three batches. He said that when he went there, he found the quality not up to the mark.
The Corporation had sanctioned the work in January-February this year for Rs. 3.25 crore.
The asphalt was supposed to be 250 mm thick but he found it to be only 170 to 180 mm thick, which he verified at the spot.
Then the wet mix and asphalt mix were not found to be of the required quality. To confirm his suspicion, he had lifted samples which he had planned to send to experts in the Government College of Technology.
Based their report, which would be a third party verification, he would decide on the quantum of penalty for the contractors.
Though his inspection was only to check the poor progress of work, he carried out the quality check after a visit to the spot.
Consequent upon the visit, he had also planned to pull up the engineers concerned for their alleged failure to properly supervise the work. He would soon be issuing show cause notice to the ward engineer, zonal assistant executive engineer, and a few others who were supposed to ensure quality.