Your suspicion that something is fishy about roads made with paver blocks, which tend to fall apart soon after they are laid, may soon be borne true.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked Switzerland-based auditors SGS Consultants to probe allegations that road contractors are producing fake bills to pass off poor quality paver blocks as originals while laying new roads in the city, additional municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta said.
The civic body received complaints from an approved paver block supplier about 20 days ago, claiming that a major road contractor was fabricating receipts of good quality paver blocks, and using sub-standard ones instead.
While the complaint was specifically about a major contractor in the eastern suburbs, the civic body has decided to extend the scope of its probe to inquire into paver blocks used across the city in the past year, and to determine if they are being bought from approved suppliers as required.
A sizeable chunk of BMC’s estimated Rs950 crore expenditure on building major and minor roads last year included use of paver blocks to lay new roads. Of this, a substantial part of the outlay for minor roads, Rs375 crore, was to be spent on laying paver blocks.