Mumbai Penguin Project: Congress seeks probe against contractor

Pravin Chheda, Congress corporator and Opposition leader in the BMC, wrote to municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta on Friday seeking registration of an FIR and an inquiry in the matter.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:November 12, 2016 1:23 am

Alleging forgery and cheating in documents submitted by the contractor for the Penguin enclosure project at the Byculla zoo, the Congress demanded an FIR against the contractor and a departmental inquiry against officials who dealt with the files of the project. Senior officials said all these documents would be examined and a report submitted soon.

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Pravin Chheda, Congress corporator and Opposition leader in the BMC, wrote to municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta on Friday seeking registration of an FIR and an inquiry in the matter.

“It has come to light that the contractor M/s Highway Construction Company submitted fake letters and completion certificates from reputed International Institutions to become eligible to bid for the work of construction of the penguin enclosure at Byculla Zoo. These institutions have denied that letters have not been issued by them,” said Chheda.

He added that it clearly shows the contractors intend to cheat the civic body and it amounts to criminal conspiracy. “So, BMC should register an FIR against the contractor for cheating and forgery and initiate a departmental inquiry against officials from the zoo and building maintenance who dealt with file of the project for gross negligence and connivance with the contractor,” Chheda added.

On Thursday, Chheda had written to the Union Environment Ministry and the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) not to grant permission to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for bringing in any more penguins, or other birds or animals.