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Maharashtra To Scrap Tenders in 14 Irrigation Projects

Tenders are to be scrapped as they are under investigation by Anti-Corruption Bureau

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Aug 31 2016 12:09PM | Updated Date: Aug 31 2016 12:09PM

Maharashtra To Scrap Tenders in 14 Irrigation Projects

Maharashtra government decided to scrap 94 tenders in 14 irrigation projects in the Konkan and Nashik divisions which are under the Anti-Corruption Bureau's scanner.

 

This includes 81 various works related to Gosi-Khurd irrigation project in Vidarbha region, which has seen a massive cost escalation in last 35 years.

 

Decision to scrap the tenders took by the officials during a meeting of the state cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. They were scrapped due to their under investigation status by the ACB.

 

It is being considered as major setback for NCP leader and former Water Resources Minister Ajit Pawar who allegedly approved them by flounting norms.

 

Pawar, between 1999 and 2009 approved projects worth Rs. 20,000 crore, allegedly without a clearance of Governing Council of Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC).

 

The 14 irrigation projects includes the controversial Kondhana dam in Karjat taluka in Raigad district, over which former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had alleged a Rs. 72,000 crore irrigation scam.

 

Addressing reporters at Mantralaya, Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan said the total cost of the scrapped tenders is about Rs. 3,295 crore.