De­silt­ing scam: BMC to black­list 32 con­trac­tors

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MUM­BAI: In an un­prece­dented move, civic chief Ajoy Me­hta has or­dered the 32 con­trac­tors, whose shoddy pre-mon­soon nul­lah de­silt­ing work led to flood­ing in the city on June 19, be black­listed. The civic com­mis­sioner has set a three­month dead­line for the re­port on the in­quiry into the func­tion­ing of the storm wa­ter drain depart­ment of the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC).

The con­trac­tors and the civic of­fi­cials in­volved in the Rs38-crore de­silt­ing scam, which in­volved sub­mit­ting fake bills for the de­silt­ing work, will face le­gal ac­tion as rec­om­mended in the probe re­port. Me­hta’s or­ders come in the wake of the de­tailed in­quiry re­port into the nul­lah de­silt­ing scam by ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner San­jay Desh­mukh, which HT has ac­cessed. The probe was or­dered af­ter a pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry into the June 19 flood­ing blamed con­trac­tors and civic of­fi­cials for in­ad­e­quate clean­ing of storm wa­ter drains in var­i­ous parts of the city.

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