Tuesday’s accident at the Metro construction site has given the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) an opportunity to corner chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, who heads the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
The MMRDA is implementing several infrastructure projects in the state, including the Metro and the monorail.
NCP ministers, led by deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, during the state cabinet meeting on Tuesday night demanded a white paper on MMRDA projects with details of cost and time overruns.
The ministers said that the agency had not been able to complete even one big-ticket project in the last six years. Pawar asked what the MMRDA had been doing with these projects, worth around Rs 1 lakh crore.
The Bandra-Worli sea link, the only big project completed recently, was handled by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC). The MSRDC is controlled by the NCP.
Chavan had earlier demanded a white paper on irrigation, (the department is headed by the NCP) in the light of allegations of several scams.
The NCP has also been on the back found regarding alleged scams relating to public works and have now found an opportunity to target Chavan over the MMRDA.
“We are just one-and-a-half years away from elections. We should be able to pull off projects such as the Mumbai Metro or the Transharbour Link, to showcase our development agenda. However, the chief minister has done nothing to speed up these projects. Worse, there seems to be no quality check for these projects,” said a senior NCP minister.