The state government will soon form a vigilance cell to monitor the state-appointed high-rise building committee, which gives approvals for constructions of high-rises in the city.
“There is a lot of corruption in the committee and we have planned to set up a vigilance cell to look at the cases and how they are cleared. Formed under the Urban Development
Department, the cell will entertain corruption complaints against committee members,” said Home Minister R.R. Patil addressing the legislative council on Thursday.
He was replying to a question raised by BJP MLC Vinod Tawde on the case of committee member Shailesh Mahimtura who was caught while allegedly accepting a Rs 15 lakh bribe from a developer for clearing a case pending with the committee.
“It is common knowledge that there is corruption in these committees on sanctions, so we need to bring some curb,” said Tawde.
Shiv Sena leader of the House Diwakar Raute suggested that the civic heritage committee should also be included under the ambit of this cell.
“The heritage committee gives a no-objection certificate only after getting the right money in place,” Raute alleged in the council. He also asked for further inquiry into Mahimtura’s case.
Patil agreed to look at the suggestion and announced that the Anti-Corruption Bureau will be directed to look at all the cases that were cleared by the high-rise building committee during Mahimtura’s tenure.