Audit cell to check city’s infrastructure projects

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SummaryThe cell will be formed with an aim to address issues related to bad roads and wrong planning of projects.

Lieutenant Governor Tajendra Khanna’s office has approved a proposal to set up an audit cell, which will check almost all the aspects of major infrastructure projects — from planning to safety to quality.

The cell will be formed with an aim to address issues related to bad roads and wrong planning of projects.

“It will consist of members from institutes such as CRRI, IIT, National Council of Building Materials, DTU and Jagori (a women’s group),” a government official said.

The official said the Lieutenant Governor has approved the plan.

“The cell will look at all future projects that come to the Unified Traffic and Transportation, Planning and Engineering Centre (UTTIPEC) for approval,” he said.

The audit check will be divided into two parts. “A safety audit based on UTTIPEC’s street design guidelines and another on quality or site audit based on the Indian Road Congress specifications. Once a project is approved by UTTIPEC, a quality audit will be carried out during construction,” the official said.

“It is yet to be decided who will bear the cost of the exercise,” he said.

The quality audit will be on material such as bitumen. Aggregates will be checked by taking samples from the site in phases — for instance, when 25 per cent of the work is complete and so on.

An empanelled team would conduct the quality audit to ensure that the standards required of such projects were maintained.

“The audit check will create a template for design and implementation of infrastructure projects in the city. At present, third-party audits are carried out by civic agencies,” the official said.

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