Civic officers named in desilting scam could be sacked or demoted
MUMBAI: The 14 civic officials named in the desilting scam will either lose their job, be suspended, demoted or won’t get paid — depending on the role they played in the irregularities found. These are the actions suggested in a detailed inquiry report submitted to civic chief Ajoy Mehta, who will take the final call.
If Mehta implements the report, this will be the first-large scale action against civic officials.
TheBrihanmumbaiMunicipal Corporation (BMC), in September last year, had suspended the chief engineer of the vigilance departmentalongwithsixsubengineers, four assistant engineers and three mukadams(workers)of thestorm water drain department, after a detailed inquiry report on the June 19 flooding in Mumbai last year revealed a strong nexus between civic officials and the contractors appointed.
Following the suspension orders, Mehta had ordered a detailed report on the action to be taken and the role of each officer in the scam. The officers were suspended for lack of vigilance that led to shoddy work by contractors in desilting nullahs across the city, which in turn led to the flooding.