More Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials are likely to be arrested in connection with the multi-crore road repair scam in the next few days. At a hearing of complaints before the lokayukta of Maharashtra, police assured citizens that they would take action against more officials. So far, the Mumbai police have arrested 26 people, including three senior civic officials
Right to Information (RTI) activist, Anil Galgali, had complained to state lokayukta ML Tahilyani, about the delay in action against civic officials. He also complained that new contracts had been awarded to tainted contractors currently under the scanner for their involvement in the scam
On Friday, the lokayukta expressed satisfaction over the investigation conducted by the Mumbai police. According to sources, police have prepared list of about 30 officials that have been found guilty and are likely to face arrest.
The police informed the lokayukta of the course of action they will adopt. They said that to make their case against the contractors and officials watertight, they have sought the help of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) to test the road samples taken by the BMC.
The material used for the construction of roads was found to be substandard after the investigation team formed by the civic body had investigated 34 roads across the city.
An inquiry into the road repair works found several irregularities and substandard repairs, due to which the BMC incurred a loss of Rs14 crore. Following this, civic chief Ajoy Mehta suspended two chief engineers. A first information report was registered against six contractors — KR Construction, J Kumar Infraprojects, RPS Infraprojects, RK Madhani, Mahavir Infraprojects and Relcon Infraprojects in connection with the scam.