ACB probing irregularities in irrigation project contracts: Maharashtra Minister

| Updated: Aug 31, 2016 13:23 IST

Mumbai [India], Aug. 31 (ANI): After the Maharashtra government scrapped several irrigation project contracts, the state's Irrigation Minister, Girish Mahajan, has confirmed that the matter is being investigated. "The matter is being investigated by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) as the contractor has been charged with irregularity. He has even been sent to jail and an FIR has been lodged against him," Mahajan told ANI Wednesday. Mahajan said project work has been stopped and the cabinet has decided to scrap it till a decision is made within the next two to three days, he added. "We will give the projects to new contractors and they come on a time-bound basis. Whoever is involved in this matter will not be spared," he said. The Maharashtra Government has scrapped irrigation contracts worth Rs. 6,000 crores that were sanctioned by the Congress-NCP alliance when they were in power. These include as many as 300 projects currently under probe. Former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar is under the scanner for sanctioning some of these projects. The Maharashtra government has decided to scrape 12 irrigation projects in the Konkan region, 81 in the Gosikhurd region and 94 in the Nasik region. The total amount allotted for these project is an estimated Rs. 3,995 crores. (ANI)