The Bharatiya Janata Party yet again targeted public works minister Chhagan Bhujbal alleging that several officers from his department were given kickbacks by way of plush apartments in the Hex World residential project, developed by Bhujbal family in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.
On Monday, BJP leader Kirit Somaiya questioned the “coincidence”, by which so many PWD officials were accommodated in Bhujbal’s residential project. “Hex World is one of the biggest projects in Navi Mumbai and we want the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) to investigate how so many officials, that too of the PWD, purchased flats there,” Somaiya demanded.
He said more than four dozen PWD officials and engineers had flats in the complex, and gave a list of 15 such persons. Hex World is a residential project being constructed by the Bhujbal family through its firms Pravesh Constructions Private Limited and Devisha Infrastructure Private Limited. The project, worth Rs500 crore, is spread across 25 acres and has 9,000 apartments for upmarket flat-purchasers.
Somaiya alleged that the land on which the buildings have been built was given to the Bhujbal family by various contractors and builders. “The land was given as a form of bribe by contractors who were awarded tenders,” Somaiya alleged. He rued that the ACB was yet to act on the proof he had submitted. The BJP leader also attacked the state for not giving a nod to the ACB to pursue cases against the Bhujbals.
Chhagan Bhujbal was not available for comment despite several attempts. Even Nationalist Congress Party spokesperson Nawab Malik remained out of reach for comments.
Somaiya also targeted former chief minister Ashok Chavan, saying he was the one who sanctioned the plans as the erstwhile chief of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority. “It is a good example of the nexus between bureaucrats, politicians and contractors, who bend rules to serve their ends,” Somaiya said.