The Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis cornered the Shiv Sena in the Assembly over allegations of corruption in the cleaning of ‘nullahs’ in Mumbai. The Shiv Sena is the controlling partner in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The Chief Minister has ordered a probe by Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta into the allegations.
The announcement came in the Legislative Assembly after Congress MLAs Kalidas Kolambkar, Vijay Wadettiwar, Amin Patel and others raised a demand for a probe through a calling attention motion. The legislators accused the Sena-controlled body of misappropriating Rs 150 crore that was spent on the nullah-cleaning work ahead of the monsoon. They said that despite spending so much money water-logging is still prevalent in the city as is clearly apparent in the recent rainfall. All low-lying areas in the city were severely water-logged disrupting traffic and causing nuisance to commuters.
The CM said that a deputy commissioner was already probing the allegations that were leveled by local corporators and the municipal commissioner too would not only supervise the said probe but also be personally involved in the investigations into these allegations. He further stated that the total bill so far was Rs 84 crore, not 150 as the opposition was claiming.
The Chief Minister announcement comes as a relief to the local BJP leaders who had taken up the issue of water-logging in the city with the Shiv Sena. Mumbai BJP President Ashish Shelar had questioned Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in the matters related to rainwater clogging the drains.
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