Summary: While the building permission department of the civic bodies is the most corrupt in the civic body, it is an open secret that ‘kickbacks’ to politicians and the civic staff is a routine affair. He will, now, carry out a new tender process for the scheme. The fact remains that a high degree of corruption in civic corridors is a sad reality. Civic activists criticised the municipal corporation for cancelling the tender process. Opposition party leader Chetan Tupe said that BJP promised for transparent governance but it is violating many legal processes in the PMC.
The latest decision by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to cancel tenders of ?3,300 crore in the 24x7 water supply scheme following allegations of ‘fixing’, deliberate cost escalation and favouritism once again points to the serious issue of corruption in municipal corporations. On Thursday, the PMC commissioner Kunal Kumar cancelled the tenders after the opposition along with activists alleged that certain firms were being offered preferential treatment while allocating the contract at far higher price than the estimated cost. The growing chorus against the manner in which the work was being allocated, forced chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to intervene in the issue and instruct the municipal commissioner to scrap the tender process. He will, now, carry out a new tender process for the scheme. The fact remains that a high degree of corruption in civic corridors is a sad reality. While the building permission department of the civic bodies is the most corrupt in the civic body, it is an open secret that ‘kickbacks’ to politicians and the civic staff is a routine affair. “In the past too, on several occasions, the unholy nexus between politicians, officials and private contractors have come to fore,” said activist Vivek Velankar while speaking to Hindustan Times , As Reported By Hindustan Times.
According to the Newspaper,A case in point is the high value tender of the ?350 crore for Adoptive Traffic Control being cancelled after allegations of favouritism earlier in July. According to activists, corruption is rampant at the level of corporators and administrative staff. In the current financial year itself, six employees from the PMC were suspended after being nabbed for accepting bribes. In the neighbouring Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) too, another five of six suspended employees were caught by the anti-corruption bureau in recent months while accepting bribes. In one case, a complaint was lodged with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) which in turn directed investigations into the matter. It is an accepted fact that little gets passed or cleared in municipal corporations without giving a bribe.
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