Malad: Debris seen after a portion of a compound wall collapsed on shanties adjacent to it due to heavy rainfall, at Malad East.
Malad: Debris seen after a portion of a compound wall collapsed on shanties adjacent to it due to heavy rainfall, at Malad East.
(PTI Photo)

In the meeting of the standing committee on Friday, the leader of opposition in BMC Ravi Raja alleged that a backlisted contractor was given the contract of building the boundary wall that collapsed in Kurar village in Malad on July 2. The incident has claimed 27 lives so far.

Raja alleged that the contractor was blacklisted in February 2016 for being involved in a desilting scam. Still, he managed to build the wall in 2007 after some BMC officials withheld his documents and the blacklist order. The wall cost Rs 21 crore for the 2 km long construction.

Raja further demanded that criminal charges be filed not only against the contractor but also against the officials and consultants involved for their negligence that led to the loss of human lives.

Yashwant Jadhav, chairman of the Standing Committee has instructed BMC to file an FIR against the contractor. Meanwhile, BMC has sent a show-cause notice to the contractor and a committee has been set up to investigate the incident.

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