It appears that corruption is synonymous with administration no matter what’s the task at hand. And this is precisely what’s been reflecting on the case of swiping the Eastern Freeway and SCLR (Santacruz-Chembur Link Road) clean. Turns out around both the Eastern Freeway and the SCLR are used by lakhs of people in the city and the BMC would be shelling out a huge amount of Rs. 4 crores for its cleaning for which the contract is being entrusted to 2 companies named KRM Hospitality Services and Buildicon. However, there is a flipside to the story.
Both the Eastern Freeway and the SCLR were constructed by the MMRDA; however, the MMRDA has not transferred the ownership of these roads to the BMC. Despite this, the responsibility of getting these roads cleaned is being shouldered by the BMC.
The contract for this had expired on 17 may 2017. That being said, the contracts for the same were released, and hence, two companies, KRM Hospitality Services and Buildicon had been given a contract of 5 years to clean these roads.
What is the application process?
AS per the regulations of the BMC, either two applications come in for any kind of project or else the applications are invited. As a matter of fact, 3 applications are necessary for any kind of project. But for this project, only 2 applications were received out of which one was selected.
Sheraz Ansari, Chief Engineer of the Solid Waste Management, it was compulsory to appoint the contractors before 18 May, which is why the decisions were taken quite quickly.