Even as the state government recently initiated a special investigation team probe into the city’s dumping grounds contracts worth more than Rs9500 crore, the projects handled by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) have not been covered under it.
Questioning the double standards of the state government, the civic standing committee has demanded a similar probe into the MMRDA’s dumping ground project at Taloja.
The waste disposal project at the Taloja dumping ground was recently given to Ramky Infrastructure Limited, a firm reportedly blacklisted by several civic bodies in the country.
Rahul Shewale, standing committee chairman and Shiv Sena corporator, said, “I had written to the chief minister in November last year, drawing his attention to the malpractice in the dumping ground contract at Taloja. But have got no response yet.”
Shewale said that the tipping fee agreed upon for a single metric tonne of waste at the dumping ground at Taloja was much higher at Rs819 than the tipping fee at any of the three dumping grounds in the city.
“The state government has ignored my letters and entered into a contentious contract. An SIT probe should be carried out in this case too,” he said.
He also alleged that the state government was responsible for the non-execution of waste disposal technologies at the three dumping grounds.
“The state government has not given the required land lease agreement at these sites, which has delayed the execution of projects,” said Shewale.