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In the wake of the latest report of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) revealing that the BMC spent over Rs 702 crore extra on road projects that could not be completed, leader of Opposition Dnyanraj Nikam has demanded that the CM initiate a CID inquiry into the issue. Nikam also demanded that BMC chief Sitaram Kunte discuss the issue in the next standing committee meeting and justify the findings of the CAG report.
The CAG report, tabled last week, revealed that there was 62 per cent variation (Rs 469 crore) to the original cost of cement roads and 57 per cent (Rs 233 crore) in asphalt roads in Mumbai from 2007-2011, apart from wrongful awarding of contracts without tender and 'idle' investment in buying machines worth Rs 2.34 crore to fill potholes which would not be used on narrow roads. The audit scrutiny also revealed that an additional security deposit of Rs 20.48 crore was not recovered from a civil work contractor.
"Large amounts of taxpayers' money have been grossly misused. It is important to investigate the matter and bring to book those who have been involved in any malpractice," Nikam said.
In the past, the BMC has justified variations by stating that elected representatives insist on completing work on priority basis. Rubbishing the explanation however, the CAG states: "The department should have planned for inclusion of all work after reviewing the demand of corporators, MLAs and MPs before inviting tenders."