The minister said, “The expert committee has indicted two compa nies -Shriniwas Construction Company and Progressive Construction -besides engineers and officers from the state government. We will soon register police cases against them in Pune for offences under sections 420 (cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant etc) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code. The companies will be blacklisted by the government, thus preventing them from participating in future projects in the state.“
I S Chaudhari, superintendent engineer of Pune irrigation circle, added, “The maintenance of the dam can be started by December. We are in the process of filing the case first.“
Mahajan, along with officials from the water resources and irrigation department, inspected the dam on August 6 after it was reported that the dam wall had developed cracks. There were heavy rains in the first week of August and leaks were found in the dam wall. At that time, Mahajan had claimed that there was no need to panic as the dam was safe and strong. But, he had conceded that there were some deficiencies at some spots, which would be repaired soon.
“We have already floated a tender for the repair and funds of Rs 95 crore have been allotted so that work can begin,“ Mahajan had told Pune Mirror.Officials said that experts waited for a few days for the water level of the dam to go down.
Source : Mirror