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CM sets up two-member panel to probe dumping ground scam

mumbai Updated: Jul 12, 2013 13:01 IST
Ketaki Ghoge

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has set up a committee of two senior officials to probe the solid waste management projects at Deonar, Mulund and Kanjurmarg, which are being implemented by the civic body through private firms.

The two-member committee of SK Goel, additional chief secretary of agriculture, and Srikant Singh, secretary of urban development department will investigate the alleged multicrore dumping ground scam within three months.

The decision comes following an assurance made by Chavan to the state assembly after allegations were made by Congress legislator Baba Siddiqui that there was rampant corruption in the way the tenders for these projects were handed out.

The terms of reference for the committee includes examining the way the projects were formulated, the bid process management and the way they are being implemented currently on ground.

"The committee will look into all the details of the three projects. It will examine allegations of ballooning up of project costs, excess tipping, etc," said a senior bureaucrat, on condition of anonymity.

The committee has also been asked to fix responsibility on those responsible for the irregularities, if any.

A state-commissioned report submitted to the state in 2011 had pointed to irregularities in the solid waste management project at Deonar.

The report, HT had found, claimed that the project had been given at nearly 300% more than estimates drawn by the civic body.

It also pointed out that the tipping fee — for collecting garbage and dumping it — given at Rs3,000 crore for 25 years was way too high.

The report also said the entire bidding process for the Deonar project such as holding multiple negotiations with preferred bidder, not cancelling tenders after interested parties failed to meet technical criteria, was flawed.

The report had, however, given a clean chit to the Mulund dumping ground and raised a few questions over the redevelopment of Kanjurmarg ground.