State sets up panel to probe 66 projects
MUMBAI: The state government has set up yet another committee, the fifth so far, to specifically probe 66 projects in connection with the multi-crore irrigation scam, following court directives. The panel has not, however, been asked to fix responsibility for any wrongdoing.
The four-member internal committee of engineers set up by the water resources department on Wednesday will be headed by RV Panse, Chief Engineer with Hydro power projects and Quality Control cell, Pune. While probing all 189 projects cleared from 2003 to 2013, the panel will specifically investigate the 66 projects where work had not yet started to see whether clearances were granted in line with existing economic, hydrological and environmental norms.
The inquiry has been set up on the interim directions of the Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court in a public interest litigation filed by Pradeep Purandare, retired associate professor from the Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI).
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