Congress cries foul over Mumbai flyover tender

Congress spokesman Sachin Sawant alleged that the tender for a flyover to be built over the Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road near the Shivaji Nagar junction had been postponed 15 times in the last six months.

| Mumbai | Published: August 24, 2016 1:30:28 am

The Congress Tuesday accused the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena alliance of “interfering with the tendering process” for a multi-crore Mumbai road contract.

Congress spokesman Sachin Sawant alleged that the tender for a flyover to be built over the Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road near the Shivaji Nagar junction had been postponed 15 times in the last six months. He alleged that clarifications regarding the tender process had been brought out 18 times.

Accusing the ruling alliance of influencing the tendering process, the Congress claimed that “state level leaders in the ruling alliance had first planned to award the works to one of the contractors blacklisted by the BMC in the road scandal investigation”. Sawant said these leaders were now seeking to allot the work to a South India-based road construction firm alleging that they were eyeing “gains” from this contract before the upcoming Mumbai municipality polls.

The party has also hit out at provisions of the proposed Maharashtra Protection of Internal Security Act, 2016, alleging that the ruling regime was attempting to muzzle voices of dissent in violation of democratic principles through some of its provisions.

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