Louis Berger row: State wants de­tails from civic bod­ies, in­fra agen­cies

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - Suren­dra P Gan­gan suren­dra.gan­gan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: The state gov­ern­ment has asked civic bod­ies and in­fra­struc­ture agen­cies to give it de­tails of projects al­lot­ted to Louis Berger and the fees paid to it. The or­der fol­lows al­le­ga­tions that the New Jer­sey-based con­struc­tion man­age­ment com­pany bribed of­fi­cials to bag con­tracts in var­i­ous coun­tries, in­clud­ing In­dia.

CM Deven­dra Fadnavis ap­pointed a com­mit­tee last month headed by ad­di­tional chief sec­re­tary (home) KP Bak­shi to check for ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties or cases of bribery while ap­point­ing the com­pany as the project man­age­ment con­sul­tant (PMC) for var­i­ous projects.

Dur­ing the com­mit­tee’s first meet­ing re­cently, Bak­shi asked Cidco, Mum­bai Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gion De­vel­op­ment Au­tho-rity (MMRDA), Ma­ha­rash­tra In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (MIDC), Ma­ha­rash­tra Air­port De­vel­op­ment Com­pany (MADC) and the civic bod­ies for de­tails of their projects, the ex­tent of the firm’s in­volve­ment and the con­sul­ta­tion fees they paid to the firm. MADC and MIDC clar­i­fied in their first meet­ing there was no in­volve­ment of the firm in any of their projects. Cidco and MMRDA have ap­pointed the firm for some of their on­go­ing in­fra­struc­ture projects — Cidco has ap­pointed the firm as the con­sul­tant for the Navi Mum­bai air­port, and MMRDA for its Metro projects.

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