Shivaji Memorial project: Oppn alleges scam worth ₹1,000 crores

Congress and NCP had earlier levelled allegations against Maharashtra government regarding the same while citing letters from officials who were a part of the memorial project’s division.

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The opposition on Monday accused the Devendra Fadnavis-led government of an alleged scam of worth ₹1,000 crores in connection with the proposed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj statue project. 

While addressing a press conference, Congress leader Sachin Sawant and Mumbai Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Nawab Malik asserted that they had earlier accused the state government of a scam worth ₹1,300 crores in Shiv Samarak (Shivaji Memorial) but “we are here to expose part-2 of the scam”.

Congress had earlier levelled allegations against Maharashtra government regarding the same while citing letters from officials who were a part of the memorial project’s division. 

In the letter, Senior Divisional Accounts officer Sanjeev Kumar Singh had expressed serious irregularities and violation of central vigilance commission (CVC) guidelines while issuing the tenders for the Shivaji memorial project which will be constructed in the Arabian sear in Mumbai. 

The opposition leaders accused Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis of conspiring with Larsen & Toubro (L&T) company. Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant claimed that the estimated cost of this project was ₹2,692 crores while issuing the tender for the project. However, L&T made a bid for ₹3,826 crores. 

Sawant said that L&T is the shortlisted contractor for the project and the bid it made was 42 per cent higher than the estimated cost which could have been reduced by over ₹1,000 crore.

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NCP leader Nawab Malik further claimed that the state government didn’t consult its law and justice department but instead took legal advice from a private company to carry out negotiation. Moreover, the length and width of the statue were reduced to benefit the private company. 




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