CM stays work on tender after corruption claims

ST Correspondent
Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Laxman Jagtap, said, “The PCMC is going to relook into the tender and it will be issued again if irregularities are found in the inquiry.”

PIMPRI: Against the backdrop of allegations of corruption in the tender process of hiring agencies for door-to-door collection of waste, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has stayed the work order of this tender.

City unit chief of BJP, MLA Laxman Jagtap, said, “The PCMC is going to relook into the tender and it will be issued again if irregularities are found in the inquiry.”

Two agencies have been hired for door-to-door collection of waste, from all eight zones of Pimpri-Chinchwad and carry 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 BJP has completed one year in power in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC). Jagtap was speaking at a press conference held on Wednesday on this occasion. Mayor Nitin Kalje, Deputy Mayor Shailaja More, Leader of House Eknath Pawar, Chairman of State Accounts Committee, Advocate Sachin Patwardhan, Sadashiv Khade, Uma Khapre, Amar Mulchandani, corporator Babu Nair, Mauli Thorat, Pramod Nisal and State executive committee member Amit Gorkhe were present. 

Jagtap said, “NCP did not implement development plan of the city for 20 years but the city needs to develop. Hence, BJP has started implementing the development plan.” Jagtap further said that the public transport system should be strengthened. “We are working hard for this. We are ready to extend whatever financial aid PMPML needs to provide efficient service for the citizens,” he added. 

When asked about the allegations of corruption levelled by BJP office bearers, Jagtap said, “They have not levelled any allegations. They raised doubts which have been resolved. It is ‘healthy’ politics that people in the party also speak against wrongdoing,” he said. 

- Two agencies AG Enviro Infra and ‘BVG’ were hired and a work order has been issued after completion of the tender process. 
- The civic body is going to spend Rs 56 crore annually. 
- This work has been given for an eight-year period and the contractor will be offered a fixed rate every year. 
- Pimpri-Chinchwad has been divided into two parts, considering Pune-Mumbai highway as the dividing line and the work of each part has been awarded to each agency. 
- However, NCP has alleged that large-scale corruption has taken place in this work.

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