Sena clears proposal to award Deonar plant contract to bidder it had accused of corruption

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |

November 4, 2020 11:52:04 pm

Deonar dumping Ground (File/ Express Photo)

AFTER ALLEGING corruption and manipulation in awarding a contract for the waste to power plant in Deonar, the ruling Shiv Sena has modified its stand and cleared a proposal to award a contract to the identical contractor.

In January, the Sena directed the BMC administration to award a contract to the second-lowest bidder, alleging that the bottom bidder was awarded a contract by manipulating norms. On Wednesday, nonetheless, in the course of the assembly, the proposal was tabled once more earlier than the Standing Committee with the administration denying “malpractices”. The proposal was handed to award the Rs 1,020-crore contract to the bottom bidder, Chennai MSW Pvt Ltd, which had earlier bagged the contract.

The contract is to generate 25 to 30 megawatts of power by processing 3,000 metric tonne of waste every day at Deonar dumping floor.

Sena has now stated in the previous couple of months, the civic administration has filed two detailed replies to justify the awarding of the contract, which the occasion has discovered passable. Standing Committee chair Yashvant Jadhav stated, “We had demanded that the contract should be given to the second-lowest bidder. But now the civic body has filed a reply to our queries. Their answer is satisfactory, so we decided to pass the proposal. Also, awarding a contract to the second-lowest bidder will cost the civic body an additional amount. And with the current financial situation of the BMC, it will put additional burden on the civic administration.”

Deonar waste to power plant venture had turn out to be a political problem. After the Sena informed the administration to award a contract to the second-lowest bidder, the BJP opposed the transfer and alleged that the change in contract will put monetary burden on the civic physique.

Samajwadi Party chief Rais Shaikh has alleged that the Sena has cleared the proposal with out permitting him to talk about it. “I wanted to speak about the impact of this project on the health of residents and the environment. Other members also wanted to speak about this proposal, but the chairman did not allow us and cleared the proposal,” Shaikh stated.

Jadhav stated, “I gave enough time to members to speak but they did not. Later, after the proposal was passed, they demanded to speak.”

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