BMC panel nod to ` 226cr con­tract for two firms in road scam case

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The civic body’s stand­ing com­mit­tee — dom­i­nated by the Shiv Sena-BJP com­bine — on Wed­nes­day ap­proved giv­ing con­tracts worth Rs226 crore to build four bridges to the two firms that its own probe had found guilty of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties while car­ry­ing out road re­pairs — and at 36% to 54% above the es­ti­mated cost.

The op­po­si­tion was quick to hit out at the rul­ing al­lies, say­ing the award­ing of con­tracts could have been de­ferred, and even­tu­ally can­celled.

The row be­gan af­ter the com­mit­tee ap­proved pro­pos­als to give con­tracts to build four bridges to two tainted firms named in a first in­for­ma­tion re­port for fraud­u­lent prac­tices in road re­pairs. The stand­ing com­mit­tee has the financial power to clear civic pro­pos­als. >> CON­TIN­UED ON P10 >> RE­LATED RE­PORTS, P5

No one will be spared. Those found guilty of ac­tive or pas­sive in­volve­ment [in scam], at higher or ju­nior lev­els, will face mu­sic. AJOY ME­HTA, BMC chief

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