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Pimpri-Chinchwad Smart City works allotted to pvt firm without technical sanction: BJP corporator

The allegations came during a hearing held on Thursday by PCMC commissioner Rajesh Patil, who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Smart City Limited.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: October 18, 2021 10:33:55 am
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A BJP corporator of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has accused the Pimpri-Chinchwad Smart City Limited of allotting work worth Rs 250 crore to a private construction major without “technical sanction” which was “mandatory” for such works.

The allegations came during a hearing held on Thursday by PCMC commissioner Rajesh Patil, who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Smart City Limited.

The order in the regard has been reserved and is expected to be issued next week.

In her submission, corporator Seema Savale said, “There has been a fraud in these (Smart City related) works, the company has been misled and taxpayers’ money is being looted.”

Savale said no technical sanction was taken while allotting Smart City works such as WiFi, ‘smart kiosks’ and message displays to the private company.

Savale said the tender process was carried out in such a manner that it benefitted those who were close to officials.

“For the digging work of 500 km, a budget needed for 750-km work was prepared. As a result, the amount of work escalated by a huge margin and therefore, tenders of higher amount were published. Companies which had no experience of having done the required minimum work of a project (of this scale) thus became ineligible to participate in the tender process,” she said. “In short, the process was tilted in favour of the few who were close cronies…,” she added.

“There should be no change in terms and conditions of the contracts to suit favoured contractors. In this case, it seems the terms and conditions were twisted…” Savale alleged.

BJP leader Sarang Kamtekar, who also argued on behalf of Savale, said Patil, during the hearing, sought to know from the officials as to whether the technical sanction was mandatory. “The officials replied that PCMC does not publish any tenders without technical sanction,” she said.

Savale also alleged that a company, which was allotted the work was sub-contracting it to another contractor.

“That contract, too, was sub-contracted to another contractor. This is against the laid-down norms,” she alleged during the hearing.

Savale said while allotting the work to the construction major, even the government rates were not followed. “These have been based on the District Scheduled Rates (DSR). However, the DSR was not followed.”

When contacted, Joint CEO of the Smart City project, Neelkanth Poman, said, “The CEO has not given any directions so far. No decision has been taken on the allegations yet. We are waiting for necessary instructions on this count….”

Additional Municipal Commissioner Vikas Dhakane said, “Next week, necessary directions will be issued.”

Despite repeated attempts, Patil was not available for comment.

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