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PMC commissioner assures action against consultant of 24x7 scheme if found guilty

The firm has been served with a notice after issues were raised in the Detailed Project Report

pune Updated: Dec 16, 2017 15:52 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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PMC’s water department and the elected members also raised objection on the new estimates submitted by the consultant.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Municipal corporation commissioner Kunal Kumar has assured action against the consultant if the firm is found to have misguided the civic body. The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has also issued a notice to the 24x7 water scheme consultant.

Earlier, PMC’s water department had raised various issues in the Detailed Project Report (DPR) and estimates submitted by the consultant. The water department clearly pointed out that the consultant has misguided the municipal corporation on various issues including the high cost. Accordingly, the civic body on Friday issued the notice to the consultant.

Kumar said during the general body meeting that once the consultant gives clarification on various issues raised by the municipal body, the administration would check it. If the consultant is found guilty, PMC will take action against the consultant.

Besides, PMC’s water department and the elected members also raised objection on the new estimates submitted by the consultant. After the corporators raised this issue in the general body meeting on Thursday demanding clarification from the administration, civic commissioner Kumar accepted that the notice has been issued to the consultant.

Meanwhile, BJP MP Sanjay Kakade once again wrote a letter to Kumar and pointed out with figures how the consultant had given bogus estimates to the municipal administration. Some 10 companies have also shown interest in this work, but the municipal administration did not consider it, blamed Kakade.

Kakade also said that the consultant had given almost 24 per cent high rates for various items and proved it with figures. Kakade appealed to the civic commissioner to clarify the points raised in the letter.

The BJP MP said that he had attached the rates from producers and compared it with the estimates given by the consultant. He appealed to the commissioner to give the reference from where the consultant had taken these new rates and why they were high.

Kakade appealed to Kumar to clear all these doubts or cancel the tender process. He also marked the letter to the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and central vigilance commission.

First Published: Dec 16, 2017 15:50 IST