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CONTROVERSY SURROUNDS PRATIBHA INDUSTRIES AGAIN – THIS TIME FOR USING RUSTED PIPELINES

No matter what the media or public say, Pratibha Industries allegedly continue to use sub standard pipelines in the Kalamboli Digha Pipeline Work. This time rusted pipelines can be seen being placed at various places. They continue to violate clauses and NMMC officials continue to ignore them. When Pratibha Industries used pipelines of length shorter than agreed or ones with broken cement coatings and the media brought this to the forefront no action was taken against the contractor. The biased NMMC behavior has encouraged the contractor to flout rules and clauses. The latest allegation of violations of clauses can be seen in the form of the rusted pipelines that are being used. The pipelines have rusted at the joint of two pipelines where the contractor has not used the anti rust chemical coating or so it seems. The monsoon has only speeded up the process of rusting. The contractor is blatantly setting these rusted pipelines underground and covering them up. While a layman can see the shortcomings of the project, neither the supervising agency that has been paid RS. 2.5 Crores from public money to check the work nor NMMC Engineering Dept. have taken cognizance of the violations. In fact when we brought up the subject with City Engineer Mohan Dagoankar, he refused to meet us on the pretext of being busy in a meeting. In the city where people seldom stand up to question their hard money going down the drain, there is little hope that the erring contractor or irresponsible and corrupt officials will be made answerable for the sub standard work. With cameraperson Gyaneshwar Mali, Rajeev Mishra for Navi Mumbai News.

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