Maharashtra govt blacklists two irrigation contractors for shoddy work

The government had appointed a technical committee following complaints of cracks and leakages showing up in the Temghar project.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:August 19, 2016 3:21 am

Two irrigation contractors will be blacklisted after a report found them guilty of inferior-quality work on a dam in Pune district.

Maharashtra’s Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan said Thursday that the government would blacklist and terminate all contracts allotted to Srinivasa Construction and Progressive Construction, after they were found to have carried out shoddy work on Pune’s Temghar dam.

The government had appointed a technical committee following complaints of cracks and leakages showing up in the Temghar project.

“The committee has submitted its report. It states that the work by the two contractors was inferior in nature. Cases will be registered against the two in Pune,” Mahajan said. The minister further said that action would be also be taken against government engineers and staff who had erred in supervising these works. The Temghar dam, one among the four over the Mula-Mutha basin, was completed in 2010. It was launched in 1997. Complaints regarding the inferior nature of work had started coming in mid-way through the project’s implementation. “As per the committee’s findings, leakages came to light as early as 2001-02. As the dam work progressed, the extent of such technical flaws went on increasing,” Mahajan said.

The committee has recommended major repairs to the dam on an urgent basis. “These would cost the state Rs 104 crore. In 2016-17, a provision of Rs 50 crore has been made for the repairs. The repair expenditure would later be recovered from the contractors,” Mahajan said.

The dam is 87 meters high and has a water storage potential of 3.8 thousand million cubic feet.

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