Pimpri: The quality of tarpaulins gifted to the heads of dindis participating in the annual palkhi procession was as per the specifications and were of good quality, stated the findings of a government-approved private laboratory from Mumbai. This was revealed by Pimpri Chinchwad Assistant Municipal Commissioner Dr Pravin Ashtikar on Thursday.
Corruption allegations were levelled against the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) in purchases made for the palkhi procession this year as well. The allegations were specifically made regarding the purchase of tarpaulins for the dindis (groups of warkaris). After the allegation, the matter was referred to the State government-approved laboratory to find out the quality of the tarpaulins.
Since the expenditure for the purchase was below Rs 25 lakh, the decision was taken within the civic chief’s discretionary powers. The NCP alleged that the civic administration did not approve the lowest bidder. It was joined by the Shiv Sena. However, the ruling BJP denied any corruption in the process, as no corporators were involved in it.
The civic administration claimed there were only two bidders eligible, as per the required specifications, out of which the lowest bidder was selected.
The approved cost of each tarpaulin sheet was Rs 3,412. So, the PCMC spent Rs 22.17 lakh for the purchase. The opposition alleged that a contractor, who quoted only Rs 2,400 per piece, was purposely disqualified by the civic authorities.
The contract was given to the contractor, who quoted Rs 3,412 per piece. The PCMC bought 650 tarpaulin sheets.