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AAP alleges scam in garbage processing, Delhi civic body denies charges

India Today logo India Today 24-09-2022 Ram Kinkar Singh
AAP alleges scam in garbage processing, Delhi civic body denies charges AAP alleges scam in garbage processing, Delhi civic body denies charges

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) recently alleged a scam or a loss of Rs 84 crore by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on account of allotting tender to a company for garbage processing at a landfill site. It said that the tenders were awarded at an "inflated rate" in 2020.

AAP claimed that MCD allotted tender rights to a company to lift Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) after the biomining of the Bhalswa landfill site at the rate of Rs 3,250 per metric tonne (MT) in February 2020.

The civic body refuted AAP's claims and stated that the allegation arises from the fact that in a recent tender called for the lifting of RDF from the landfill sites, the right to lift the RDF has been allotted at the rate of Rs. 400 per metric tonne in August 2022. This difference in the rates is the basis of allegations of loss or scam.

It further added, "The Municipal Corporation of Delhi finds the allegation a futile attempt to malign the Corporation and it rejects such allegation in its entirety."

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"The Corporation would like to place the facts straight. The Corporation has been continually getting rate of transportation for disposal of waste from its landfill sites reduced. Further, the tender process has been transparent and open. Lifting of waste from landfill sites is something which cannot be postponed or withheld at any cost," the civic body noted.

"The lowest bidder was awarded the transportation rights at Rs 3,250 per MT in February, 2020. This contract subsisted only during the three months of Covid-related lockdown. At the first opportunity, with relaxation in lockdown in May, 2020, the Corporation got a fresh tender done and allotted the transportation rights at a lesser rate of Rs 1,807.74 per MT. This is not all. The Corporation kept looking for further reduction in transportation costs and allotted it a reduced cost of Rs.1746 per MT in December, 2021," MCD stated.

The Corporation has now allotted transportation subsidies at the rate of Rs 300/- per MT (if total lifting is less than 5000 MT in a month), Rs 400/- per MT (if total lifting is between 5000 7500 MT in a month), Rs 450/- per MT (if total lifting is between 7500 10000 MT in a month) and Rs 500/- per MT (if total lifting is more than 10000 MT in a month) in August 2022.

"The Corporation, thus, has not been paying transportation costs at the rate of Rs. 3250 per MT from February, 2020 to August, 2022 as has been attempted to be portrayed," the civic body concluded.

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