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    Crown of Nagpur to come atop Buldi Metro station

    Ashish Roy | TNN | Updated: Oct 25, 2018, 11:23 IST


    Picture used for representational purpose only

    NAGPUR: The Orange City, which has very few landmarks to be identified with, will soon have a grand artwork atop Sitabuldi Metro station that can be later termed as the identity of Nagpur.

    Giving this information, MahaMetro managing director Brijesh Dixit said the artwork will be known as what Qutub Minar is to Delhi and Charminar is to Hyderabad. “We want to give a modern identity to the city. Nagpur should be identified with the artwork,” he said.


    The MD said the artwork will be a collective work of MahaMetro officials and the architect, who designed the new Airport Metro station. The architect is from Nagpur, Dixit said, adding MahaMetro is confident of completing it within months and tenders will be floated once the estimate is finalized.

    Dixit further said the height of Sitabuldi station is 40 metre, which means it is about 10-storey high. “The height of the artwork known as, ‘Crown of Nagpur’, will be 14m. It will thus be visible from a very long distance. The best view will be available from the Sitabuldi flyover, terraces of buildings in Sitabuldi and those travelling by Metro. Commuters at Sitabuldi station would get an interior view,” he said.

    “The artwork will be 35-metre-long and 25-metre-wide. The base will be in the shape of an inverted flower with a crown over it and a transparent dome below the crown. A 2-metre-high 360 degree LED display will also be a part of the artwork which will be used for advertisements and generate revenue for MahaMetro,” the MD said and added that the crown would be made of steel.

    The inverted flower, Dixit said, will be made of steel and polycarbonate. “The polycarbonate sheets will be lit with blue lights to give it an aqua theme and the dome will be a polycarbonate one.

    “We want to give a modern identity to the city. Nagpur should be identified with the artwork. It would like what Qutub Minar is to Delhi and Charminar is to Hyderabad,” said Dixit.

    Even though the cost of the artwork is being worked out, MahaMetro is confident of completing it within months. Tenders will be floated once the estimate is finalized. Dixit described the artwork as a collective work of MahaMetro officials and the architect. “This architect had designed our New Airport Metro station, which also have a polycarbonate dome. He is from Nagpur,” he said.

    MahaMetro also plans an open air restaurant on the terrace of the Sitabuldi station which is not occupied by the artwork. “It will be run by a private contractor. People changing trains can have a cup of tea and snacks there. They can also marvel at the artwork from the restaurant,” Dixit said.







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      NIT finally demolishes Futala waterfront shops

      Ashish Roy | TNN | Updated: Oct 26, 2018, 12:51 IST

      Nagpur Improvement Trust razed all 22 shops on Futala waterfront, which was one of the top hangout spots

      NAGPUR: Two years after termination of agreement, Nagpur Improvement Trust(NIT) finally razed all 22 shops on Futala waterfront, which was one of the top hangout spots of the city.

      MahaMetro, which is building an amphitheatre-cum-road tunnel on the land, had recently written a letter to the NIT that its project was getting delayed due to delay in removal of encroachments.

      In last ditch effort, the shopkeepers had filed a petition in Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Wednesday to prevent the demolition. An urgent hearing was held on Thursday morning. However, the HC refused to stay the operation.

      The judgment was pronounced at about 12.30pm and thereafter the NIT gave two hours to the shopkeepers to remove their belongings. The demolition began with PP Dhankar, NIT’s executive engineer (west) and Manohar Patil, NIT’s demolition officer, monitoring the operation.

      As soon as the HC refused to grant a stay, an NIT officer went to SNDL’s Seminary Hills office and asked the officials to disconnect the shops. SNDL staffers promptly did that. The demolition then began from the Hanuman Temple T-point end and proceeded towards Amravati Road. The operation was over by 6pm.

      The shopkeepers were distraught by the decision and blamed public representatives for failing to come to their rescue. “NIT gave us so little time that we could not find godowns to keep our goods. Are we supposed to dump the goods on road,” asked a shopkeeper.

      Ritesh Kalra, counsel for the shopkeepers, slammed the NIT for demolishing its own project and demanded that the affected persons should be rehabilitated.

      Some 59 cops including officers were present at the site to prevent any opposition from the shopkeepers. The main contingent was from Ambazari police station under inspector PS Khandale, who sent 30 cops and seven officers. Rest were from Sitabuldi, Gittikhadan and Dhantoli police stations. The cops have demanded Rs1.40 lakh for providing protection.

      The Futala waterfront project was the brainchild of former NIT chairman Manu Kumar Srivastava, who conceptualized it in 2003. However, it remained on paper and the tender was floated in 2010. The contract was awarded to Sell Ads.

      Sell Ads was to develop 22 semi-permanent and mobile food kiosks on the waterfront. It was to leave space between the kiosks for parking and seating. The operator instead asked the shop owners to go in for permanent constructions. Even though only single storey structures were permitted, some shop owners had started rooftop restaurants. NIT, however, turned a blind eye towards the violations.

      Sell Ads paid royalty to the NIT for four years but started defaulting from the fifth. The firm told NIT that shopkeepers were not paying the rent and asked the civic agency to demolish the establishments. The agreement with the operator ended on August 16, 2016. Sell Ads owes more than Rs50 lakh to the NIT.

      Shopkeepers didn’t pay property tax

      NIT executive engineer (west) ,Dhankar, said that the shopkeepers had not paid property tax to Nagpur Municipal Corporation for several years and the arrears have climbed to Rs2.25 crore. “The NMC had written a letter to us requesting to recover the amount from the shopkeepers. We told the NMC that they were encroachers and not our lessees,” he added.




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        80% of Wakf land in state lost in illegal deals: Ansari

        Ramu Bhagwat | tnn | Oct 26, 2018, 03:41 IST

        Nagpur: Tehrik-e-Aukaf, a watchdog organization on Wakf properties, has alleged that 80% of the Wakf land in Maharashtra has been lost either to illegal transfers or encroachments. Its head Shabbir Ahmed Ansari has threatened to go to court if the government failed to take action against the current and ex-members of the State Wakf Board involved in illegal transfer of land.

        Ansari, who is also chairman of All India Muslim, OBC Trust has been spearheading a movement against misuse of Wakf land for last two decades and is based in Mumbai. Addressing a press conference on Thursday, he said that despite several complaints against Wakf board member Asif Qureshi, the state government has failed to order his disqualification. “If FIR is not filed in the next eight days, we will have to knock at the court’s door,” said Ansari.

        The activist said ever since the state Wakf board was established in 2002, those close to the then ruling Congress and NCP occupied posts of board members. “These members, some of then MLAs and MPs or highly influential politicians were involved in transferring of Wakf land to private parties or selling of the land which is not allowed as Wakf land is non-transferable as per law. In 2007, the government appointed Justice ATA Shaikh Commission to probe the matter. Its report submitted in 2011 found that thousands of acres of land changed hands illegally,” said Ansari. At one time, the Wakf board had 92,000 acres and 1 lakh other assets under its control. Today 80% of the land has already gone,” Ansari alleged.

        Action was initiated against the land grabbers in 2016 by then Wakf affairs minister Eknath Khadse. Currently, Vinod Tawade holds the Wakf portfolio and has been able to take disqualification action against member Syed Jamil Ahmed. However, Qureshi, a member from Nagpur who is accused of a role in illegal sale of 15 acres of Satranjipura Edgah, has been evading such action. Ansari has demanded immediate filing of FIR against Qureshi and all others involved in mismanagement of Wakf properties that are meant for Muslim community use and welfare.






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          Firm debarred by World Bank gets NMC’s 53.10cr road work

          Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Oct 27, 2018, 03:21 IST

          Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s decision to award a Rs53.10 crore cement road contract to a tainted company, debarred by World Bank for fraudulent practices, has raised several questions, once again, over the tendering process followed by the civic body.

          The NMC has selected Hyderabad-based firm Madhucon Projects for widening and cement concretization of the 5.5km road patch from Hotel Radisson Blu to Jaitala in Laxmi Nagar zone.

          Interestingly, Madhucon Projects has been declared ineligible to be awarded any World Bank financed contract for two years as it had indulged in fraudulent practices in implementation of Lucknow-Muzaffarpur national highway project. The company was awarded contract for civil engineering construction work and was debarred for two years beginning October 26, 2017. The firm had also faced action from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for delaying four-laning of Ranchi-Jamshedpur road.

          The NMC’s public works department (PWD) had invited tenders for concretization of 5.5km stretch from Hotel Radisson Blu Square to Jaitala. The existing road is narrow and in bad shape. Following demand from local residents, the Laxmi Nagar zone had submitted a proposal to the PWD to widen the road and convert the existing tar road into cement one.

          Subsequently, the NMC floated e-tender and four firms submitted bids. The NMC rejected applications of two firms citing lack of documents, leaving only two — M/s Madhucon Projects Limited and M/s D C Gurubaxani — in contention. The NMC finally selected Madhucon Projects as it had submitted lowest bid at Rs52.58 crore, whereas M/s Gurubaxani had quoted Rs57.01 crore for the work.

          Sources said the firm (Madhucon Projects) had mentioned ‘NIL’ in the column of tender form where it was supposed to disclose details of whether it was facing any action like punishment, enquiry ordered/pending, FIR lodged etc and its clearance (if any) as on date of bidding. “Madhucon Projects, however, did not disclose these two key details while submitting the tender application,” admitted NMC’s executive engineer, Naresh Borkar.

          “Later, we sought written justification and the company representative submitted the details. By verifying its submission, we reached the conclusion that the firm faced action because of some financial matter and has nothing to do with the cement road work,” he explained. “The firm is being engaged in various cities for roads works and hence we too decided to go with the firm,” Borkar said. The executive engineer also said the work will start within a month.

          Standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja assured to look into the matter.





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            New road to divert traffic from Futala lake road project site

            Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Oct 27, 2018, 02:25 IST



            Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and MahaMetro are planning a new road to divert traffic while the stretch in front of Futala lake is closed for redevelopment. The new road will connect Bharat Nagar Square on Amravati Road to Telangkhedi Hanuman Mandir Road, at the office of Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP).

            City MP and union minister Nitin Gadkari had planned the Rs112 crore Futala Lake Redevelopment Project with 4,000 capacity viewers’ gallery and space for restaurants and parking opposite the lake, with a tunnel replacing the existing road.

            To begin execution of the proposed project, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) on Thursday demolished restaurants in front of the lake.

            MahaMetro officials told TOI the road in front of the lake is likely to be closed for around a year for the project. “NMC has identified a road to connect Bharat Nagar Square with Telangkhedi Hanuman Mandir Road. The road is reserved in city’s development plan (DP). Therefore, we plan to develop this road as an alternative to Futala Lake road. The new road will help diverting some traffic from Futala Lake road,” he said.

            The MahaMetro plan says the new 18 meter road will be developed and remain in place even after Futala Lake project is completed. It will be a cement concrete road. A road currently exists from Bharat Nagar Square till the compound wall of Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (PDKV). The compound wall will be demolished to construct the new road.

            The new road will begin from the compound wall, and stretch 500 meter to join the road connecting Ravi Nagar Government Quarters to Telangkhedi Hanuman Mandir Temple at the MJP office.

            The Telangkhedi Hanuman Mandir road is currently 9 meter wide, but marked for widening to 18 meter in the DP. Therefore, MahaMetro will also widen this road.

            The only hurdle in the development of the new road is that the land on which it is proposed belongs to PDKV.

            MahaMetro officials said NMC has sent a letter to PDKV requesting advance possession of the land to commence construction as soon as possible. “NMC will take the land on lease from PDKV immediately. Later, PDKV will have to give the land anyway as it is a DP road,” he said.

            The proposed road will become a permanent one even after reopening of Futala Lake road.

            There are two more roads that can be utilized as alternatives when Futala Lake road is blocked. One is situated between Ravi Nagar Square and Telangkhedi Hanuman Mandir Road passing through Ravi Nagar Government Quarters, and the other from MLA Hostel Square to Telangkhedi Hanuman Mandir.








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              ‘Use plastic, rubber waste in road works’

              Anjaya Anparthi | tnn | Oct 28, 2018, 07:48 IST


              Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union minister Nitin Gadkari during the inauguration of the Maharashtra M... Read More

              Nagpur: In a major announcement, Union minister for road transport, highways and shipping Nitin Gadkari on Saturday asked road developers in the state to use the mixing of 30% glass, rubber and plastic waste (10% of each component) in bitumen/tar for road works to curb the growing problem of disposable waste and reducing the cost of road works.

              Two years ago, Gadkari permitted the NHAI and the state PWD to mix only 8% of plastic waste in bitumen for resurfacing of roads.

              Gadkari, at the inaugural programme of the Maharashtra Mayors Council’s 18th meeting held in the city on Saturday, requested mayors to adopt the technology in their respective municipal corporations. “My ministry (MoRTH), urban and rural development issued orders permitting mixing of rubber and plastic waste in bitumen. I came to know about advantages of mixing glass waste in bitumen from Australia. I have also obtained its results from Australia. It has to be mixed by crushing the glass waste into powder,” he said.

              The Union minister said there is a huge difference between costs of bitumen and these three wastes. “Bitumen is costing around Rs45 per kg whereas the cost of these wastes is around Rs12 per kg,” he said.

              PWD and NMC chief engineer Ulhas Debadwar said it is a welcome move for allowing 30% mixing of these three wastes in bitumen. “It will improve the quality of road works. These metals increase bonding in bitumen giving more life to roads. Also, voids in these metals will prevent damage to roads from water that is another major advantage,” he said.

              Debadwar further said the use of 30% waste in bitumen will help a huge cost cut in road works. “The problem of safe and scientific disposal of these wastes will also be resolved. It is economic and eco-friendly initiative,” he said.

              Debadwar also said extra care is required while mixing and transporting mixture of bitumen with these three wastes.

              Gadkari said he was all set to donate 10 Methanol-run buses each to Mumbai, Navi-Mumbai, Pune and Guwahati as a pilot project. “After ethanol, Methanol as a fuel is another major invention. Cost of methanol is only Rs22 per litre and manufactured from coal. Already, RCF and few more agencies manufacturing Methanol,” he said.

              Gadkari stressed the need to increase number of electric-run buses in public transport for cutting down the fuel import and eco-friendly and cheap public transport. He advised Mumbai mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar to direct BEST to replace diesel-run buses with electric, ethanol and Methanol ones. “I also suggest Mahadeshwar to make use of sand being excavated from Metro Rail and others project in Mumbai,” he said.

              Listing out projects executed in the city, Gadkari suggested various types of waste to wealth projects to mayors so that they can increase revenue of cash-strapped municipal corporations.







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                Power infrastructure work delayed but MSEDCL goes easy on contractors

                Ashish Roy | TNN | Oct 29, 2018, 10:04 IST

                NAGPUR: If you go without power due to breakdowns next summer, blame it on the slow pace of work of MSEDCL’s power infrastructure augmentation scheme. Rs 133 crore were sanctioned under centrally sponsored Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) for Congress Nagar division and Hudkeshwar (areas where MSEDCL supplies power in the city).

                Two agencies — HT Infrastructure and Polycab — were awarded the contract. HT Infrastructure started its work in September 2016 and was supposed to complete it by September 2018. The completion date of Polycab is January 2019.

                Shockingly, HT Infrastructure has completed only 50% of its work while Polycab’s figure is 30%. In spite of such slow pace of work, MSEDCL has not terminated their contracts.

                Umesh Shahare, MSEDCL Nagpur’s superintending engineer (infrastructure), blamed Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) for refusing them permission to dig up roads for cable laying during monsoon.

                Chief engineer Dilip Ghugal admitted contractors had delayed the work and said fines had been levied on them as per contract. “If we terminate their contract, it will take six to seven months for a new contractor to be appointed. This will further delay the project. Under our directives, the pace of work has picked up,” he said.

                MSEDCL was to set up two new substations at Khamla and Deekshabhoomi. Both are yet to be commissioned. Only an additional power transformer at IT Park substation has been commissioned. The discom was to lay 10 km 11 KV underground cable in Congress Nagar division. So far only 1.7 km has been commissioned. In Hudkeshwar area, 57 km 33 KV underground cable was to be laid. Only 18 km has been commissioned.

                Nineteen distribution transformers were to be installed in Congress Nagar division. Not a single one has been commissioned yet. Augmentation of 10 transformers was to be done. The status of all of them is ‘work in progress’. In Hudkeshwar area 30 transformers were to be installed. Here too not one has been commissioned.

                Meanwhile, only 10% work has been done in SNDL area under IPDS. Funds have not been directly released to SNDL and MSEDCL has appointed the contractor and is paying him as per the progress of the work.






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                  Mayor split many works to bypass tender limit norms

                  Anjaya Anparthi

                  102 corporators were booked in the year 2000 for such works
                  | TNN | Oct 29, 2018, 09:53 IST

                  Nanda Jichkar performing bhoomipuja of Virungula Kendra at Ambazari garden. The project was approved by her under Mayor Fund.

                  NAGPUR: Documents obtained under the RTI Act reveal mayor Nanda Jichkar split many works under her Mayor Fund into parts to avoid tendering process. Jichkar approved majority of such works in her ward no. 37. This modus operandi was followed despite objections raised by the Nandalal Committee in 2001.

                  The Nandlal Committee’s major findings included the observation that works worth Rs8 crore were split into parts to execute through quotation, and avoid tendering process, between 1997 and 2000. Based these findings, 102 corporators had been booked and action taken against 50 engineers.

                  RTI activist TH Naidu has obtained documents related to works approved by Jichkar under her Mayor Fund in 2017-18 and 2018-19. The documents show Jichkar approved 143 works worth Rs4.99 crore in 2017-18, and 44 works worth Rs3.61 crore till October 12 in 2018-19. Works worth Rs5 crore per annum are allowed under the Mayor Fund.

                  The best example of splitting works is of laying paver blocks (inter-locking tiles) or cement concrete pavement along internal roads. Jichkar split this work in her ward into 11 parts, with each work between Rs2.99 lakh and Rs3 lakh. This is because works worth Rs3 lakh and above require tendering process. One work cost just Rs12 below the margin, or Rs2,99,988.

                  Shockingly, Jichkar approved all 11 works on the same day, December 26, 2017, which makes it clear the works were planned and not approved in an emergency. Interestingly, the RTI information does not include the name of contractors who executed the 11 works.

                  Another example is Jichkar’s pet scheme — Virungula Kendra (recreation centres for senior citizens). Jichkar had announced one each in all 10 zones, but instead of approving funds at one stroke, Jichkar split the works.

                  The approved cost of six of the 10 centres is between Rs2.94 lakh and Rs3 lakh. Interestingly, all six works were allotted to one private contractor. Jichkar approved two more types of works for these centres and the cost again is between Rs2.90 lakh and Rs3 lakh.

                  Similarly, Jichkar split work to erect display boards to highlight lanes and plot numbers in her ward into four parts. Of total 143 works in 2017-18, cost of 48 works are between Rs2.90 lakh and Rs3 lakh.

                  NMC sources told TOI there was a complaint from an unidentified person about splitting of works by Jichkar from Mayor Fund in early days of 2018-19. Therefore, Jichkar avoided splitting of works in 2018-19. Still, 10 of total 44 works were done in the same manner.

                  Jichkar said, “Engineers are responsible to look into such issues and not me. My work is to propose the works. Engineers prepare estimation of work. Also, engineers and officials should verify whether works proposed by me are as per norms or not. Therefore, I have done nothing wrong.” Jichkar added she had directed officials to execute all works through tendering process irrespective of cost of works some months ago.

                  Former mayor and Congress city president Vikas Thakre said it was a clear irregularity. “Nandalal Committee had exposed this irregularity. And, it is not expected from the mayor. What will other corporators and officials will do if such modus operandi is adopted by mayor herself,” he said.

                  Thakre said engineers and officials should also be punished for this modus operandi, along the line of action taken after the Nandalal Committee report.

                  Refusing to comment whether Jichkar’s approvals were proper or wrong, BJP former mayor Pravin Datke said every mayor should use their knowledge while approving works, especially under Mayor Fund.








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                    Mansar toll plaza to be shifted

                    Ashish Roy | TNN | Updated: Oct 30, 2018, 08:28 IST

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                    NAGPUR: Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari has assured that the toll plazaat Mansar would be shifted towards Khawasa. It will be shifted beyond Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) limits. Guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule had met Gadkari with road problems of the district in Delhi.

                    Currently, people travelling from Nagpur to Ramtek have to pay toll. If the plaza is shifted beyond Mansar they will not have shell out money. This has been a major demand of people of Ramtek since years. Gadkari also agreed to shift the Patansaogi toll plaza towards Betul.

                    Gadkari directed officials of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to construct highways till the town centre instead of municipal limits. Till now roads within municipal limits are constructed by municipal councils, which are always short of funds. This decision will benefit towns like Saoner, Mouda, etc.

                    Lot of accidents take place near Koradi Mahalaxmi Temple. Ways to prevent them were discussed in the meeting. Gadkari promised to sanction amount for remedial measures. He also directed NHAI officials to determine the accident prone spots on Nagpur-Chhindwada highway and constructed flyovers there.







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                      Nagpur Municipal Corporation's inaction on Nandal report led to scam again

                      Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Updated: Oct 30, 2018, 08:14 IST

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                      NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has dumped the recommendations of the state government’s Nandlal Committee, by deciding not to initiate any action against 50 engineers or recover the embezzled money from them. NMC opposition leaders said a similar scam would not have taken place now if earlier NMC engineers had faced action for bypassing tendering by splitting works.

                      The government had in 2001 constituted Nandlal Committee to conduct an inquiry into works approved and executed between 1997 and 2000. The government had dismissed the BJP-led ruling alliance in the civic body and appointed an administrator after the scam came to light. The committee had later submitted its recommendations to the government, which directed NMC to act accordingly.

                      As per the committee’s recommendations, the 102 corporators were booked in criminal cases. The committee had also recommended action against 50 engineers and recovery of Rs 8 crore from them. The government even reminded NMC about implementation of the committee’s recommendations in 2006.

                      However, NMC sources told TOI no action will be taken against the engineers. “Issue of payments to contractors came up in 2014 again. The contractors approached the high court pleading for directives to NMC to release their payments. The accounts and finance department suggested recovering the money from the engineers and paying the contractors,” the sources said.

                      A committee of five members was constituted with superintending engineer as chairman. Other members were chief accounts and finance officer, executive engineer (PWD), assistant commissioner (GAD) and legal counsel.

                      The sources added the committee suggested no action be taken against the engineers. “The committee said most of the engineers had retired so action was not possible against them. Also, the committee suggested no recovery of money from the engineers,” the sources said.

                      “Of the Rs 8 crore, NMC had paid Rs1 crore to some contractors. NMC had finalized payments of another Rs 1.67 crore, but was yet to disburse the amount to the contractors. Bills worth over Rs3.10 crore are pending for verification. The rest of the bills are not traceable,” the sources said.

                      Former mayor and Congress city president Vikas Thakre, who too had demanded Nandlal Committee, told TOI it was very unfortunate that NMC was not implementing the directives of the government. “A detailed inquiry should be done and action must be taken against officials who suggested no action should be taken against the engineers,” he said.

                      Thakre added mayor Nanda Jichkar, corporators and officials have continued modus operandi of avoiding tendering process for works due to lack of action against earlier engineers. “Everyone would have been afraid to continue the modus operandi if action had been taken against the engineers,” he said.







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