Mhada Repair Scam

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Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) officials and private contractors are hand-in-glove in a Rs100-crore scam concerning repairing tenders of cessed buildings, a Right to Information Act (RTI) query has revealed. Contractors try to grab the tenders by quoting prices as less as 80% to 90% below the estimated cost of repair. However, once they get the contract, they recover the deficit — difference between the estimated repair cost and the price they have quoted — by submitting an ‘extras’ bill. They also include their profit in the bills. DNA is in possession of 68 documents which highlight the modus operandi of contractors and Mhada officials. For example, if a contractor quotes Rs1 lakh to repair a building against its estimated cost of Rs10 lakh, he later submits bills over and above Rs9 lakh to recover the amount with the help of Mhada officials. He may or may not complete the repair work, but ensures he gets a hefty sum with some profit for Mhada officials too. Mhada repaired a cessed building in Bhuleshwar for which the architect and engineer estimated the repairing cost to be Rs4.98 lakh. A private contractor bagged the tender by quoting Rs94,732 — 81%…

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