The shoddy work done by the road contractors had raised concerns by citizens and political parties for scrutinizing the entire work for which Mayor Snehal Ambekar had written a letter to civic chief Ajoy Mehta asking him to conduct a probe and initiate an inquiry to inspect the roads.
Additional Municipal Commissioner Sanjay Deshmukh had ordered an inquiry of 34 roads of which the report was submitted in the standing committee meeting and accordingly the action was taken against the corrupt contractors.
However, the probe report of the remaining 208 roads is still not prepared and has raised a worry as the civic officials fear that their nexus done with the contractors will bring them in trouble. Giving clarity on this on Friday, Deshmukh said that, “The reports will be delayed as the civic body is still analysing the samples of the roads.”
A civic source on the condition of anonymity said, “The process is likely to be delayed by six months due to the corrupt officials on the ward level manipulating the data as they had turned a blind eye to the repair work and will put the blame on the contractors.”
“In this case the civic official will be answerable for the corruption done and cannot delay the report as there are more officials involved. The nullah desilting scam was also delayed but, the corrupt officials were caught as well,” added the source.
Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court on August 9 had directed the MCGM to get assurance from the road contractors to do repair work expeditiously, when they asked for more time to file the inquiry report.