10 tainted road con­trac­tors likely to be black­listed

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com Manasi Phadke manasi.phadke@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Civic chief Ajoy Me­hta, an­nounced on Wed­nes­day in a stand­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing, that 10 con­trac­tors, who are likely to be named in a de­tailed in­quiry re­port for their shoddy road work, will be black­listed.

He also said the BMC has in­tro­duced 17 new road con­trac­tors, who have bagged works worth Rs1,000 crore, since May last year.

The civic chief also iden­ti­fied 455 lo­ca­tions where pot­holes are formed ev­ery mon­soon and has di­rected the deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sion­ers and ward of­fi­cers to fix them.

Af­ter the first phase of the in­quiry re­port was out in May, in which 34 re­paired roads were in­spected, Me­hta had or­dered the six con­trac­tors who did the work be black­listed. An FIR was also filed against these six con­trac­tors.

De­spite this, the six con­trac­tors are cur­rently over­see­ing 150 road works worth around Rs1500 crore. There are 10 other con­trac­tors against whom ac­tion is likely af­ter the sec­ond in­quiry re­port of 200 roads is out.

“The con­trac­tors in­volved in ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties will not be spared and strict ac­tion will be taken against them,” Me­hta said.

When war­ring al­lies Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena de­cided to con­test the mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil polls to­gether — to test the wa­ters be­fore the cor­po­ra­tion polls in Mum­bai and Thane — it was per­ceived as an at­tempt to call a truce. How­ever, the mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil polls seem to have done the ex­act op­po­site, by ex­pos­ing the frac­tured ties be­tween the two par­ties on the ground — the al­liance ul­ti­mately worked out in less than 10 places.

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