Road repair scam: Civic body incurred a loss of Rs14 crore, says report
The report said the civic body was to spend Rs352 crore on repairing and reconstructing the 34 roads between 2013 and 2015. But the actual work executed was estimated to amount to Rs27.17 crore. The losses calculated amounted to Rs14.41 crore on the basis of the work completed.mumbai Updated: Apr 29, 2016 01:21 IST
Irregularities and substandard work have caused the civic body a loss of Rs14.41 crore, stated the findings of a report on the scam involving the 34 roads.
The report said the civic body was to spend Rs352 crore on repairing and reconstructing the 34 roads between 2013 and 2015. But the actual work executed was estimated to amount to Rs27.17 crore. The losses calculated amounted to Rs14.41 crore on the basis of the work completed.
After inspecting the 34 roads — 14 in the island city, 11 in the western suburbs and 9 in the eastern suburbs — the 12-member team said 53% of the work on these roads was substandard and shoddy, stated the report.
The report, a copy of which is with HT, also revealed serious irregularities in many cases. In the island city, for instance, the civic body incurred a loss of Rs1.31 crore on road works billed at Rs5.99 crore, while in the western suburbs, the loss was calculated at Rs8.53 crore for road works billed at Rs18.75 crore and in eastern suburbs, the civic body incurred losses amounting to Rs2.47 crore for road works billed at Rs73.S51 crore, revealed the findings in the report.
According to the report, there were discrepancies in the payment sought to excavate and transport road debris. The contractors inflated their bills by 100% and got paid for unexecuted work using forged bills amounting to Rs3.85 crore.
On Wednesday, the civic body filed an FIR at the Azad Maidan police station against six contractors and two third-party quality auditors for criminal conspiracy, producing false documents and cheating and causing a loss of Rs14.41 crore to civic body.
Additional municipal commissioner Sanjay Deshmukh has confirmed the loss to the civic body.
On Monday, municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta suspended then chief engineer (roads) Ashok Pawar and chief engineer (vigilance) UM Murudkar in connection with the road repair scam. Mehta had submitted the inquiry report to Mayor Snehal Ambekar on Monday.