BJP chief Ashish Shelar on Saturday alleged there have been irregularities to the track of Rs 1,600 crore within the Mumbai coastal highway challenge being completed via the Shiv Sena-ruled BMC. Addressing a press convention, he mentioned corrupt specialists and contractors will have to be blacklisted and a different investigation group (SIT) will have to be shaped via Leader Minister Uddhav Thackeray to probe officers and others fascinated about what he mentioned used to be a significant rip-off.
The BJP is in favour of the street, which is able to attach Kandivali within the north of the city to Nariman Level in south Mumbai, however it will no longer permit corruption to move unpunished, Shelar mentioned. He mentioned the BMC had appointed two specialists for the section between Priyadarshini Park in Malabar Hill to Baroda Palace (close to Haji Ali), with AE Com being appointed as normal advisor and Louis Berger as challenge advisor.
Those two specialists have been to present an inventory of qualified quarries from the place backfill subject material used to be to be procured for reclamation, he mentioned. The status committee of the BMC had licensed Rs 600 crore to be paid to those two specialists, who have been tasked with making sure the challenge moved in the proper course, Shelar claimed.
“On the other hand, as an alternative of buying subject material from the quarries beneficial via those specialists, it used to be procured from different unapproved quarries, thus elevating doubts in regards to the high quality of the paintings. Just about 8.5 lakh tonnes of subject material used for reclamation used to be procured and bought illegally from six quarries,” he mentioned. “Who owns those quarries? Who’s making the most of subject material being procured from them? In some other case, the quarry used to be qualified however the subject material procured used to be no longer qualified. Within the 3rd example, an authorized merchandise used to be no longer procured, whilst in a single case, a quarry used to be added to the listing of licensed ones later,” the BJP chief alleged.
He mentioned such irregularities had led to two.8 million tonnes of sub-standard high quality subject material being dumped into the ocean as a part of reclamation paintings within the remaining 365 days, with BMC officers, specialists in addition to the civic frame’s status committee no longer doing sufficient to forestall this state of affairs. Shelar mentioned he had written to Union Atmosphere Minister Bhupendra Yadav asking if the BMC used to be adhering to the norms underneath which it used to be allowed to move forward with the challenge.
“If surroundings norms have no longer been adopted, then the Centre will have to right away ask the BMC for clarifications. The BMC will have to no longer protect errant contractors. We’re keen to speak about the challenge within the hobby of Mumbaikars and the ruling Shiv Sena will have to no longer make it a status factor,” the MLA added. In the meantime, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Company, in a commentary, rejected Shelar’s allegations as baseless and mentioned subject material used to be procured from qualified quarries with high quality exams being completed often.
“The challenge control specialists and a normal advisor for the challenge are being given Rs 229 crore, and no longer Rs 600 crore, with charges being given in stages and no longer all at one time. From October, 2018 to December, 2020, paintings value Rs 683.82 crore has been completed, so it will be fallacious to mention there may be irregularity to the track of Rs 1,600 crore,” the BMC commentary knowledgeable.