Shewale opposes proposal for hiring contractors to fill trenches

Standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale Wednesday sought the removal of a Rs 81.48-crore proposal to appoint contractors to fill trenches dug by utility agencies for the next two years

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: August 29, 2013 1:09 am

Standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale Wednesday sought the removal of a Rs 81.48-crore proposal to appoint contractors to fill trenches dug by utility agencies for the next two years. The proposal was put forward by the civic administration for deliberation in the standing committee meeting this week.

Seven contractors have been appointed for the work.

“We have asked the civic administration to withdraw the proposal because a previous circular by the former additional municipal commissioner says that private utility agencies are responsible for filling up all trenches they dig up. A new circular has not been issued that allows the corporation to take the responsibility of filling trenches. This makes the proposal void,” said Shewale.

He added that since contractors have bid 35 to 45 per cent lower than the estimated cost,doubts have been raised over the quality of work. “I have asked the civic roads department to re-tender and to bring out the new circular,” he said.

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