Contractors, consultants and civic officials named in the interim road repair inquiry report may face action as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is taking legal opinion from on whether police cases can be registered against them.
According to sources around 10 officials, including six contractors and former chief engineers, named in the report are likely to face action.
Taking cue from the nullah desilting scam, the civic body is trying to make its case stronger so that it can take stringent action against contractors and senior civic officials. After the desilting scam, civic officials had blacklisted the contractors but the contractors were successful in getting relief from the court.
Apart from six contractors, who had bagged most of the road repair contracts in the past few years, sub engineers and chief engineers of the BMC may too face the heat.
A source from the road department said, “We want to make sure that our case against the guilty contractors and officials is strong. The legal opinion will help us nail the contractors. We are looking at options to take police action against them.”
The final decision on actions against the officials and contractors will be taken by municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta.
After six months of inquiry, the interim report was submitted to the civic chief on Wednesday. According to sources, the inquiry team, headed by SO Kori, chief engineer, vigilance department, has inspected 34 roads in the island city and suburbs. These 34 roads would have cost the civic body around Rs25 crore.
The few roads that were checked include Malad Reservoir Road, Khadakpada Road, Guru Govind Singh Road and Jaichand Karwa Road at Goregaon.
“The contractors have used substandard quality of materials and road digging was not done according to the specifications. When we checked the roads, the sub-base of most of the roads was missing,” said a civic official.
Another source from the civic body said, “The role of consultants appointed as third party auditors has also been questioned in the report. The third party auditor should have red-flagged the shoddy job done by contractors but they chose to be silent on the issue.”