Mumbai: Monorail COO Sacked Over Bribery and Tender Irregularities

MMRDA dismisses Mumbai Monorail's COO, DLN Murthy, amidst allegations of corruption and bribery. An investigation is underway.

Mumbai: Monorail COO Sacked Over Bribery and Tender Irregularities

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has dismissed DLN Murthy, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Mumbai Monorail, after allegations of corruption were raised. Murthy was also the additional chief of MMRDA's Transport and Communication (T&C) division.


Murthy was asked to resign by MMRDA in August following an investigation into alleged irregularities in monorail tenders. The allegations include increased price quotations for monorail components when he was the COO. The dismissal comes after the ongoing Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) investigation into a charge filed against Murthy for allegedly taking a bribe from a contractor in 2021. In response to these charges, the MMRDA has launched an independent internal investigation.

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The Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), Kalina, is yet to provide the Mumbai Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) with an evidence report related to the alleged bribery case against Murthy. The number of departmental inquiries will be determined by the number of irregularities discovered by the MMRDA authority. Meanwhile, the MMRDA is reforming its operations to reduce delays and eradicate corruption.


The Mumbai Monorail has reported INR 255 crore in losses while making just INR 7.50 crore in 2022–2023. The losses are estimated by MMRDA to be about INR 529 crore for the years 2023–2024.

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