nmmcschool2The fund of Rs 3 crore allotted by NMMC for the redevelopment work of NMMC School no. 15 in Vashi village has exposed the massive corruption prevailing between the administration and public representatives. Last year, NMMC had approved Rs 50 lakhs for this school redevelopment which has now been increased to multiple folds with locals alleging foul play. This NMMC School no. 15, redevelopment of which is under the scanner now, was established back in 1951 by the zilla parishad. For the last 57 years, the school has managed to survive with a strong foundation but NMMC does not think so. According to NMMC education department’s Executive Engineer Geshu Khan, if the school is redeveloped in a multi-storeyed building in the same place, then there are chances of the entire structure curving inside. According to the engineer, the land where the school is built is on marshy lands and hence needs to be redeveloped with advanced technology. However, the locals of the village are calling this another method of corrupt officials to fill their coffers. The locals state that when there are nearby buildings of two to three floors surviving on the same land for so many years then why can’t a one floored building. It maybe recalled that NMMC had even began redevelopment of the school back in December 2007 but citing reasons of being built on marshy lands, the work was stopped mid-way. The contract was then given to NM Kalbhor Company for Rs 50 lakhs but with this reason the estimated expenditure have been increased six times more coming to Rs 3 crores now. Even Geshu Khan’s explanation seems very weak. Two questions that come into mind is that firstly why did NMMC not hold a survey before beginning the redevelopment work and secondly when other multi storeyed buildings are standing here for so many years, why wont this one? On this, strangely the executive engineer says that survey was done. With cameraperson Dyanheswar Mali, Sudhir Sharma for NMTV News.

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