BMC to discuss Rs 577-cr road proposal
The civic body’s controversial Rs 577-crore proposal, which aims at giving the city’s shoddy roads a facelift, will be placed before the civic standing committee for its approval on Thursday.mumbai Updated: Sep 27, 2011 01:05 IST
The civic body’s controversial Rs 577-crore proposal, which aims at giving the city’s shoddy roads a facelift, will be placed before the civic standing committee for its approval on Thursday.
Under this proposed project, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will rebuild and undertake repairs on more than 72km of roads. For this, Rs 550 crore has been earmarked for road construction, while Rs 27 crore will be expended on shifting underground utilities to a common duct to avoid frequent digging of roads.
The project has been under fire from all quarters, after instances of corruption and nepotism began to surface during the bidding process.
The project was divided into nine smaller projects and awarded to nine contractors, after the BMC diluted the tender conditions because large companies did not participate in the bidding process.
The Opposition party, Congress, and citizens groups have been opposing the proposal alleging that the contractors who have bagged the contracts are largely those who have been constructing inferior roads for years. “There is clearly a lot of corruption in the awarding of these contracts. We will demand re-tendering, but if the administration can give us a satisfactory answer, we will decide on the proposal,” said Opposition leader Rajhans Singh.
However, the proposal is likely to receive approval since the ruling Shiv Sena-BJP combine has a majority in the standing committee, which has the authority to clear projects.
Rahul Shewale, standing committee chairman, said that the city needs new roads and further opposition will only delay the construction of new roads. The BMC aims to start work from October and complete the project by May 2012.