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MCGM LET COST OF MITHI WORK RISE BY THE DAY

An internal audit of the desilting and widening work carried out by the MCGM on the Mithi River has revealed that repeated cost escalations were allowed in favour of a single contractor who was handed over the work without inviting tenders. As part of the Mithi River Development Project, the corporation appointed a contractor to desilt the Mithi and widen its embankments, among other things, on a 11.5 km stretch of the river. The MMRDA is taking care of the other 6 km stretch of the river. The municipal audit report revealed that the BMC has allowed 150% to 200% cost variation on three of the five sections under the project. The total cost of the work has been estimated at Rs 291 crore. The audit report further points out that BMC increased the scope of work, blasting and breaking of a rock formation in the middle of the riverbed, according to the approved schedule rate. The audit was carried out after the civic standing committee, responsible for clearing major project works, found the tender to be

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