Pimpri: Following allegations of corruption, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has decided to scrap tender for hiring agencies for door-to-door collection of waste.
Earlier Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had put a stay on the work order of the tender. The announcement regarding the same was made during the Standing Committee meeting on Wednesday. A fresh tender regarding the same will be issued.
BJP City Unit Chief MLA Laxman Jagtap said, “The PCMC is going to relook into the tender and it will be issued again if irregularities are found during the inquiry.”
Two agencies were hired for door-to-door collection of waste, from all eight zones of Pimpri-Chinchwad and carrying it to Moshi garbage depot. Jagtap said, “Last year, the cost of waste collection of a tonne was Rs 1,800. This time, cost of per tonne waste collection and transport is Rs 1,740. The agencies have been hired for eight years so that there should be continuity in operations. However, allegations of corruption are being made by the opposition.”
“The State government will look into the tendering process and the opposition parties will also be called at the time of inquiry,” Jagtap said.
The corporators opposing the award of tender had submitted 51 questions regarding the proposal to the municipal commissioner.
However, the commissioner did not issue any clarification.
Shiv Sena leader in PCMC Rahul Kalate said, “Even after our continuous follow-up, the administration has not shared details regarding the tender. The decision to cancel has exposed BJP on the corruption issues.”
- Two agencies AG Enviro Infra and ‘BVG’ were hired.
- A work order for an eight-year period was issued after completion of the tender process.
- The civic body is going to spend Rs 56 crore annually.
- Pimpri-Chinchwad was divided into two parts, considering Pune-Mumbai Highway as the dividing line. The work of each part has been awarded to each agency.
- NCP and Shiv Sena alleged that large-scale corruption has taken place in the work.