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BMC in a bind over choice of third-party auditor

There is a cloud over the appointment of an international firm, SGS consultancy, as a third-party auditor for minor road works to be undertaken in the city.

mumbai Updated: Jan 04, 2012 01:18 IST
Kunal Purohit

There is a cloud over the appointment of an international firm, SGS consultancy, as a third-party auditor for minor road works to be undertaken in the city.

From December 8, 20011, the standing committee has been putting off the appointment of the auditor citing various reasons. Officials are wondering if the contractors could be backing this opposition.

Now, with the code of conduct kicking in from Tuesday, officials are groping in the dark on whether a consultant can be appointed anymore.

HT had earlier reported how road contractors who had bagged contracts to build minor roads were pressurising the committee into not appointing the auditor, as it was likely to haul up errant contractors trying to cut corners.

Sources in the municipal secretary’s department said they would be approaching the municipal chief on Wednesday, to determine which proposals can be tabled and which can’t.

SGS has been appointed as an auditor for major road works and insiders said its meticulous testing and supervising was troubling contractors.

A senior official from the roads department, not wishing to be named, said, “We had been trying to push for the appointment before the code of conduct set in. Now, we are unsure whether we can make such an appointment.” Committee chairman Rahul Shewale said, “We still have reservations about why SGS alone was chosen without floating tenders. But, if the administration proposes it again, we are ready to consider it, if the code of conduct permits it.”