In our weekend exclusive, we had aired an analysis of how the NMMC HQ will now be built for nearly 79 Crores. On the same lines, the administration has made a proposal for re-bidding the tender that in all its probability has opened doors for IVRCL to retain the contract at a higher rate. Unfortunately, over Rs. 40 Crores public funds that could have been saved in the NMMC HQ project will be spent extra on the project due to short sightedness of the administration and failure of public representatives. On Sep 7, 2008 we aired a report on the cancellation of the IVRCL contract to build the NMMC HQ. And the Standing Committee approved re-tendering the project. Highly placed sources at NMMC informed NMTV News that the HQ contract is again to be retained by IVRCL but at double the cost – something that the Dy. Mayor Shashikant Birajdar had not denied as far as the numbers were concerned. NMTV analysis came true a week later when the NMMC administration brought a fresh proposal to build the NMMC HQ budgeted at Rs. 79 Crores. Reliable sources say that a nexus of officials and political persons with IVRCL has already finalized the contract to be re-tendered to IVRCL and the re-tendering has opened the doors for the same. However, what has not gone well with the public is that NMMC could have saved Rs. 40 Crores on the HQ projects and utilized the same for providing other amenities in Navi Mumbai. The opposition blames the ruling NCP party and failure of the administration to execute the project on time for the loss of Rs. 40 Crores public funds. The ruling NCP party on the other terms the loss as unfortunate. Beyond any doubts it is lack of will on part of the administration for so many years and failure of public representatives to get work done that has resulted in this grave loss of public funds. And had it not been for the present NMMC Commissioner Vijay Nahata, the project would have never taken off from its stagnant end. The dynamic commissioner is alone to be credited for moving the NMMC HQ project ahead – which if further delayed could have even caused loss of public funds to the tune of nearly a 100 crore. With cameraperson Vinakayak Dalvi and Rajeev Mishra, Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.
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