Shiv Sena MP threatens to approach PMO regarding irregularities in PCMC tendering process
The issue under spotlight is the Rs 425-crore tender floated for the construction of roads in the recently merged villages of Talawade, Chikhali and Dighi. The opposition parties allege that the contracts were given at higher rates than the estimated one.pune Updated: Feb 10, 2018 15:59 IST
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has been facing flak from the opposition parties for its tendering processes. The latest criticism has come from Shiv Sena MP Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil who threatened to approach the Prime Minister’ss Office (PMO) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) over alleged irregularities and financial bungling.
The issue under spotlight is the Rs 425-crore tender floated for the construction of roads in the recently merged villages of Talawade, Chikhali and Dighi. The opposition parties allege that the contracts were given at higher rates than the estimated one.
“The rate of road construction work was decided by work system, as laid out by the engineer of the civic body. Hence, the rate of road construction work of Rs425 crore was also decided by PCMC in a similar way,” said Patil.
Patil alleged that contractors and some political leaders along with city engineers were responsible for irregularities in the tendering process. “Currently, the civic administration needs honest city engineers like Eknath Ugile, who is retired now. The state government should appoint a new city engineer on deputation to clear the financial mess.”
While demanding suspension of civic officers for inflating the cost of tenders, Patil said, “Besides suspension of corrupt officials, all their properties need to be investigated by competent authorities like CBI or else I will approach the PMO office and ED for detailed inquiry into the case.”
Patil submitted a memorandum to Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal commissioner Shravan Hardikar on Tuesday demanding a detailed inquiry into the road construction tender of Rs425 crore.
Reacting to allegations, Hardikar said, “As stated earlier, while sanctioning the Rs425-crore road construction project, we had saved Rs31 crore by accepting the tender below the estimated price. According to the state government guidelines, I have submitted the report a week ago.”
Meanwhile, Patil alleged that tender of construction of Panjarpol to Alandi Road on Pune-Nashik highway was being accepted at 10 per cent above the estimated price. “The project is worth Rs51.46 crore but the cost of project has been pushed by regularisation method,” he said.
BJP general secretary Sarang Kamtek said, “All the tenders have been accepted below the estimated price. Commissioner has submitted report to CM office. There is no irregularity in the tendering process and our government is executing the plan as per the guidelines stated by the state government.”
First Published: Feb 09, 2018 21:01 IST