State sets up panel to probe 66 projects

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ke­taki Ghoge ke­taki.ghoge@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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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