Civic of­fi­cers named in de­silt­ing scam could be sacked or de­moted

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - San­jana Bhalerao

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.

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