‘Initiate probe against PCMC civic panel chief, members’

Sakal Times
Monday, 30 October 2017

Ex-corporator Bhapkar alleged that the panel approved a proposal at triple the estimation cost

Pimpri: Former corporator and civic activist from Pimpri-Chinchwad Maruti Bhapkar has demanded an enquiry by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis against the Chairperson,

Commissioner and other members of the Standing Committee of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) for approving a proposal for maintenance of garbage carrying vehicles at triple the estimation cost.

Bhapkar claimed that due to this decision, PCMC is going to lose crores of rupees annually.

Bhapkar wrote to the Chief Minister to remind him that his party has come to power in PCMC with the promise of transparency in governance.

Bhapkar in his letter to the Chief Minister said it has been observed in the last seven months that in functioning of the civic body, many suspicious proposals for cost escalation, giving extension to existing contractor without tender and appointment of consultants have been passed by the Standing Committee unanimously. Bhapkar claimed that large scale corruption has taken place in this process and members from all political parties have benefited from it.

Bhapkar pointed out to the recent proposal, in which the Standing Committee sanctioned cost escalation to two contractors hired already for the maintenance of vehicles that is used for garbage transportation by the civic body. As per original work order, a firm called Shyamrao Garage got two contracts while Balaji Garage got one contract, at costs of Rs 73.34 lakh and Rs 33.94 respectively. But, PCMC Standing Committee has approved Rs 1.72 crore for the first year and Rs. 3.12 crore for next year as cost escalation.

“State government must initiate a CID probe in this entire deal, as we suspect that there is large scale corruption in this case. Besides this, all such proposals in which contract was awarded without tender, cost escalation, extension to existing contractor and proposals that were not part of agenda have been passed by the Standing Committee,” said Bhapkar.

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