DE­SILT­ING SCAM: 85 BMC OF­FI­CIALS TO FACE IN­QUIRY

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Chetna Yerunkar chetna.yerunkar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: The Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) is all set to launch an in­quiry against 85 civic of­fi­cials in the Rs38-crore de­silt­ing scam, a firstof- its- kind dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against so many of its staff.

The de­tailed de­silt­ing in­quiry re­port, fol­low­ing an in­quiry into the floods on June 19 this year, re­vealed how con­trac­tors and civic of­fi­cials had flouted rules. It also names th­ese 85 of­fi­cials, all of whom were su­per­vis­ing con­tracts in the past year.

Of the 85 of­fi­cials, 14 have al­ready been sus­pended, while the oth­ers will face an in­quiry, fol­low­ing which ad­min­is­tra­tive ac­tion could be taken.

The civic body had ear­lier an­nounced its de­ci­sion to black­list 32 con­trac­tors al­legedly in­volved in the scam.

A se­nior civic of­fi­cial, as­so­ci­ated with the in­quiry, con­firmed that all of­fi­cials named in the de­tailed re­port to the stand­ing com­mit­tee will face an in­quiry. “How many of them will face se­ri­ous ad­min­is­tra­tive ac­tion can be de­cided only af­ter the in­quiry is com­pleted,” he said, adding the ben­e­fit of doubt will be given only where “70% to 80% of the work was done prop­erly and some malpractices were found in the re­main­ing”.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, con­trac­tors sub­mit­ted bo­gus bills, which were then ap­proved by some civic of­fi­cials. The civic of­fi­cials did not carry their log­books dur­ing field vis­its, flout­ing the laid down pro­ce­dure. Fur­ther, lack of su­per­vi­sion by of­fi­cials meant the flouted ten­der con­di­tions went un­no­ticed and records sub­mit­ted by con­trac­tors were not scru­ti­nised.

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