Probe re­veals roads scam much big­ger

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

Cor­rup­tion by con­trac­tors lay­ing Mum­bai’s roads may be deeper than thought, with an on­go­ing probe in­di­cat­ing the scam could be run­ning into crores of ru­pees — and may be­come larger than last year’s de­silt­ing scam.

Sources close to the probe said mal­prac­tices were found in all 30 roads civic of­fi­cial have in­spected so far. Un­der the scan­ner are more than 200 roads, whose re­pair and con­struc­tion costs run up to Rs2,000 crore.

In all 30 roads in­spected so far, Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion ( BMC) of­fi­cials found con­trac­tors us­ing sub­stan­dard ma­te­rial to lay the roads’ foun­da­tion.

“The sub- base ( foun­da­tion) of the road was filled with soil in­stead of con­crete or other ma­te­rial listed in the con­tracts. This will lead to bad qual­ity roads. In some cases, 90% of the sub-base was flawed, in some oth­ers, only 10% was flawed. We may give the ben­e­fit of doubt to the ones where the quan­tum of ir­reg­u­lar­ity was less, but those where ma­jor flaws were no­ticed will have to face se­ri­ous ac­tion,” said a se­nior of­fi­cer.

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