AT a hearing on Tuesday, the Maharashtra Lokayukta slammed the BMC for not taking adequate action against the engineers of the roads department who have been named in the Rs 352-crore roads scam.
Lokayukta Justice M L Tahaliyani also ordered an inquiry against civic officials under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Apart from the complainants, leader of opposition in the BMC and Congress corporator Pravin Chheda and RTI activist Anil Galgali, several BMC officials, including Deputy Municipal Commissioner Laxman Vhatkar, who heads the BMC’s tender committee, chief engineer of the vigilance department S O Kori and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 1) Manoj Kumar Sharma ,who is heading the investigation, were present in the hearing.
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The complaints filed by Galgali and Chheda stated that the civic body had awarded four contracts to agencies who have already been implicated in the roads scam.
Chheda said Justice Tahaliyani observed that the corruption in the tendering process cannot be possible without the connivance of the civic officials.
“While the police have arrested site engineers, they have not taken any action against the main contractors and the engineers in the roads department,” said Chheda.
“Justice Tahaliyani instructed DCP Manoj Kumar to initiate an inquiry against the road engineers and the contractors under the Prevention of Corruption Act,” Chheda added.
Galgali said, “On one hand, the BMC has lodged FIRs against these contractors and on the other hand, they have given them contracts for Hancock, Yari Road, Mithi River and Vikhroli bridges. They are also being considered for the Goregaon-Mulund Link Road project. How can this level of corruption be allowed to continue in the civic body?”
Despite several attempts, none of the civic officials could be reached for a comment.