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Are R&B officials working overtime to get DELF’s blacklisting revoked in 45 days?

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Ahmedabad: A few officials of the Gujarat government’s Road and Building Department (R&B) appear to be keen on getting DELF’s blacklisting order revoked, if sources are to be believed.

Notably, the negligence by DELF Consulting Engineers, a civil and structural engineering services firm, resulted in the stalling of three bridge projects in Kheda, after which it was blacklisted for three years.

Sources privy to the development said the officials, hand in glove with DELF, are trying to get the blacklisting order revoked within 45 days once the controversy over its poor performance settles down. The buzz is that the officials are keen to give the company more projects.

The company’s negligence resulted in important infra projects in Kheda getting stalled and it was blacklisted on December 3, 2020, by the R&B department.

When Gujarat Exclusive contacted R&B Department’s Deputy Secretary NK Patel, he said there is no plan to revoke the blacklisting of DELF. The department had decided to blacklist DELF after a thorough scrutiny of the case. Earlier, Gujarat Exclusive had also reported that the company had not bothered to pay a fine of Rs 33.5 lakh imposed 11 months ago by the R&B Department for its lapses.

Projects entrusted to DELF

DELF was entrusted to prepare the drawings and estimate plans for one bridge each on Khari river, Sabarmati river, and Vatrak river by the R&B department.
The projects were worth over Rs 80 lakh. Of the three projects, two were yet to be finished, whereas the work on the bridge over the Vatrak river was stopped.

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The Vatrak project was cancelled after it was brought to the notice of the government that against a requirement of 9 piles, a six pile design was made by the consultant. Pile refers to a post-like foundation that is made by digging the ground to offer support to a structure.

The company was allotted the work on June 15, 2018, and it was to finish it by September 2018. After the negligence and errors were brought to the notice of the government, it penalized the company on January 27, 2020.

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