Mahajan takes back Temghar safety vows

Minister decides to file FIR against construction companies and govt officials instead
The government, without taking a chance, has reiterated that nobody would be spared if found guilty behind the shod dy construction of Temghar dam. State water resources minister Girish Mahajan on Thursday said an FIR would be registered against the company and officials concerned after getting an expert report about inferior quality work in the construction of Temghar dam, which was found to have developed cracks within 15 years of being built.Ironically, only a few days earlier, Mahajan had given a clean chit to the dam, saying it was safe despite cracks developing. The process of registration of an FIR against two companies and about 25 government officials was on till late on Thursday night at the Paud police station under the jurisdiction of Pune rural police.

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