Road scam 2015: Mumbai civic body’s final report delayed by week
The Rs17,000-crore scam was after former mayor Snehal Ambekar wrote to BMC chief alleging irregularitiesmumbai Updated: Feb 08, 2018 09:48 IST
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) second and final investigation report on the road repair scam has been delayed for a week now. Several irregularities were found in the road repair work, worth Rs1,700 crore in 2015. The final inquiry report of the scam detailing the involvement of civic officials and their quantum of punishment was supposed to be submitted to civic chief Ajoy Mehta by January 31.
Mehta had directed the enquiry committee headed by Ramesh Bamble, deputy municipal commissioner, to look into the scam. The first phase of the investigation, involving repair work of 34 roads, found 100% irregularities in all the road repairs and 96 officials, of the 100 indicted, were found guilty. The second phase involves repair works of 200 roads and 187 officials are allegedly involved in this part of the scam.
After the first inquiry report led to termination of senior civic officials, councillors in BMC’s standing committee meeting slammed the administration for delaying the second one. Ravi Raja, leader of opposition in the civic body, said, “The report is delayed for nearly a week now and the administrations seems to be least concerned. Why are they delaying the report and whom are they trying to shield? It was the taxpayer’s money that was misused. Three years after the road repair scam came to light, we are still trying to find the irregularities and the real culprits behind it.”
A senior civic official requesting anonymity said, “The second phase report is ready for submission and can anytime be submitted.”
The road repair scam was unearthed in 2015 after former mayor Snehal Ambekar wrote to Mehta alleging irregularities in road repairs undertaken in the city. After irregularities were found in the repair work, two senior officials were suspended and six contractors were blacklisted by the BMC.
Meanwhile, another proposal for road repair works which was tabled in Wednesday’s standing committee received staunch opposition from councillors. The proposal, which eventually got sanctioned, was tabled for repair work of 46 roads in the island city. Abhijit Samant, BJP corporator from Andheri, said, “There is no need to take up so many roads at one go as it takes more than the stipulated time to complete the work. The administration can distribute the work to different contractors. This proposal is contractor-oriented and not-public oriented.”