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Book to expose contractor-neta-babu nexus in water projects

DNPUN59966 | 6/12/2013 | Author : dna correspondent | WC :342 | City-Pune

Jalsampada Va Mi to be published on June 14

Pune: After a bureaucrat in the water resources department, Vijay Pandhare opened the flood gates alleging a scam in the department, now a former superintendent engineer of the water resources department is set to create a controversy in his upcoming book ‘Jalsampada Va Mi’ (Water Resources And Me) where he gives his experiences of working in the department for 33 years.
He claims to have exposed the nexus between contractors, officers and politicians in the water resource department (formerly irrigation department) in the book.
The former officer is Bhausaheb Nevarekar, who worked in the department from 1973 to 2006 before retiring as superintendent engineer. The book written by Nevarekar will be released by socialist leader Bhai Vaidya on June 14.
Nevarekar said he has mentioned the names of some politicians and bureaucrats in his book. He told dna, “While writing the book, I did not indulge in writing gossip. I wrote what I experienced in my career in the water resources department. I have tried to throw light on malpractices carried out in the Mantralaya and the Maharashtra Krishna valley Development Corporation (MKVDC).”

According to Nevarekar, the period from 1973 to 1980 of his tenure was the best period to work as there was no interference by persons from outside the department. Nevarekar said, “Till 1980 the work was smooth as there was no interference from contractors or even ministers. But in 1980, the local competitive bidding policy was introduced, which attracted bigger tenders and bigger contractors due to which contractors started interfering in the working of the department.Bureaucrats started losing control. Further in 1996, MKVDC was formed and cost of the tender further increased and that led to intervention by the minister as well as bigger contractors.”

‘CBI inquiry needed into Pandhare’s allegations’
When Nevarekar was asked about his reaction on allegations made by bureaucrat Vijay Pandhare, he said, “A CBI inquiry should have been initiated based on Pandhare’s allegations and officials concerned should have been suspended. However, the then irrigation minister, Ajit Pawar resigned and the whole issue was politicised.”

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