A private contractor of the solid waste management (SWM) department was penalised to the tune of Rs3.28 crore for not discharging its duties. The firm has already paid Rs2.40 crore as part payment of the fine.
The contractor, Ramky Enviro Engineers, is a private firm appointed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to collect garbage from three wards – F-north (Matunga, Sion), K-west (Andheri West) and K-east (Andheri East) – and transfer it to a dumping ground.
The contractor was awarded the contract for five years in 2008 and is being paid Rs1.47 crore each month.
“There were several complaints regarding this contractor. The BMC administration also found the firm’s work to be shoddy,” said Rajul Patel, a corporator from Andheri.
As per standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale, the BMC is also taking legal opinion on blacklisting the contractor.
Hindustan Times had also reported earlier that the same contractor was cheating the civic body of Rs42 lakh each month. The contractor had asked BMC staff to collect garbage and received payment from the civic body by showing them as the firm’s employees.