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Mumbai: Mayor writes to civic chief for road scam inquiry report

The mayor had earlier written a confidential letter to the civic chief reporting on the road scam. She had asked for an inquiry into the matter last year.

IN AN unprecedented move, Mayor Snehal Ambekar has written to Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta demanding that the inquiry report into the road scam, submitted last week, be forwarded to her.

This is being seen as an attempt by the Shiv Sena to portray itself as taking on corrupt contractors in the civic body especially since the ruling party in the BMC has been held responsible for a series of irregularities over the past months.

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The mayor had earlier written a confidential letter to the civic chief reporting on the roads scam. She had asked for an inquiry into the matter last year.

Almost two weeks after the report, five contractors guilty of serious irregularities found in construction of 34 roads, the mayor wrote another letter to the civic chief on April 17 inquiring about findings of the report as well as the action to be taken against contractors and civic officials found to be complicit.

Though Ambekar could not be reached for comment, Sena group leader Trushna Vishwasrao said, “The Mayor has demanded for the report on the roads inquiry since she had first written to the civic chief about it last year. The report should be given to the Mayor and the corrupt civic officials and the contractors found guilty need to be punished.”

Unlike instances where BMC published on its website such reports, including the inquiry report into the drain de-silting scam, the Kalbadevi fire as well as the Maharashtra night fire, the civic chief has not done it for the roads inquiry report received on April 6.

A senior civic official said, “The findings of the report have not been put out during the budget session of the assembly to avoid a possible political debate.”

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Mehta confirmed the receipt of the letter and said, “We will be submitting the inquiry report to the chairman of the standing committee as soon as possible.”