The vigilance team visited after residents’ association lodged a complaint with the Punjab chief minister, alleging poor infrastructure and civic amenities, and use of sub-standard material that was not in accordance with specifications in the brochure.
The vigilance team, comprising executive engineer Suresh Kumar, DSP Harwinderpal Singh and supporting staff, conducted the check.
The residents’ association has been fighting for their rights for the past many years and complaining of faulty structure and workmanship. General secretary of the association Harbhajan Singh said, “The project, which was to come up on 117 acres, was actually built on only 37 acres and the prime location was sold to a private builder at a hefty price of about Rs 200 crore. Gmada not only failed to complete the project in time, but also compromised with the quality. It was announced that all the defects will be removed by September 2016 after directions from Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, but nothing has been done till now.”
Gmada failed to comply with the orders of the CM and the residents were feeling cheated, said Parwinder Singh, treasurer of the association.
In July 2018, a team constituted by Gen B S Dhaliwal, technical adviser to the Punjab CM, had visited the apartments to probe the allottees’ allegations of poor construction. Dhaliwal constituted two teams of public health, electricity and civil engineering to probe the anomalies. Thereafter, the matter was handed over to the vigilance department for a parallel inquiry.