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How were more than 3 lakh rodents killed in a week? Khadse demands probe

The senior BJP leader questioned how the company given the contract to get rid of the more than 3 lakh rats in the state Secretariat (Mantralaya) accomplished the job in just a week.

mumbai Updated: Mar 22, 2018 19:17 IST
Press Trust of India, Mumbai
Mantralaya,Rats in Matralaya,Eknath Khadse
Eknath Khadse insinuated that something was amiss in the contract awarded to rid the state secretariat of rodents. (HT PFile Photo)

Senior BJP leader and former Maharashtra minister Eknath Khadse on Thursday demanded an inquiry into the way a contract to kill rats in Mantralaya (the state secretariat) was executed.

How could the company which was given the contract to kill 3,19,400 rats in Mantralaya accomplish the task in a mere seven days, he asked, speaking in the Legislative Assembly.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had taken two years to kill six lakh rats in the city, he said during a discussion on Budgetary demands.

“A survey found that there were 3,19,400 rats in Mantralaya. A work order was issued by the General Administration Department. The company was given six months. But it claimed to have killed them in just seven days,” Khadse said.

“It means it killed45,628.57 rats a day. Those 0.57 must be the new-born ones,” he said, evoking laughter in the House.

“It also means the company killed 31.68 ratsevery minute. Their weight was around 9,125.71 kg and every day one truck was required to take dead rats out of Mantralaya. But it is not known where they were disposed of,” he said.

The government could have deployed 10 cats to do the job instead of hiring a private firm, the former revenue minister said in a lighter vein.

Dharma Patil, a farmer who committed suicide in February, consumed poison from the stock kept by the company on the premises of Mantralaya, he alleged.

Patil, alleging injustice in award of compensation for land acquisition, consumed poison at Mantralaya and died a few days later.

“There is no information on whether the company had the permission to use the poison. Also, was it permitted to keep the poison stock in Mantralaya?” Khadse asked.

“It is very surprising that this company killed over three lakh rats in just seven days while the BMC took two years to kill six lakh rats. There is a discrepancy in the claim made by the company,” he said, demanding an inquiry.

First Published: Mar 22, 2018 19:15 IST