` 92cr ap­proved for health dept pro­pos­als, cor­po­ra­tors cry foul

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Civic hos­pi­tals in the city will now be cleaner and well- stocked as the stand­ing com­mit­tee of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) sanc­tioned pro­pos­als worth Rs92 crore ear­lier this week.

The funds will be used for pur­chase of pathol­ogy, au­to­mated clean­ing of hos­pi­tals, pur­chase of fur­ni­ture for Nerul, Airoli and Be­la­pur hos­pi­tals and ex­ten­sion of san­i­ta­tion con­tract.

Al­though a to­tal of Rs92.22 crore was sanc­tioned by mem­bers, the meet­ing was mired with con­tro­versy as cor­po­ra­tors raised ques­tions on the func­tion­ing of the health depart­ment.

Congress mem­ber Ru­pali Bha­gat ob­jected to the pro­posal of au­to­mated clean­ing of the hos­pi­tals. She said at­tempt had been made to favour the con­trac­tor.

NMMC house leader Jay­want Su­tar asked why ten­der was called again when a pro­posal had been passed ear­lier.

Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Di­nesh Wagh­mare said, “The con­trac­tor said the rates quoted were higher than the max­i­mum re­tail price owing to a typ­ing er­ror. He went to court over the is­sue, which would have fur­ther de­layed the ten­der. We reached an agree­ment with him to with­draw the case and re­moved him from the black­list.”

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