Nagpur: The EOW of the Police Department has sent the complaint filed by NCP leader Vedprakash Arya against the OTS given by the civic body to the private water operator OCW, to the UDD of the state government. The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has reportedly suffered a loss of more than Rs 374 crore due to a one-time settlement. People will have to wait for almost 3 more years to get the benefit of the 24×7 water supply scheme.
Akshay Shinde of EOW DCP sent a letter dated November 28, 2021, to the Principal Secretary of the urban development department, Which was disclosed by Vedprakash in front of the media on Monday.
The Board of Directors of Nagpur Environment Services Limited (NESL), a special purpose vehicle of NMC, in its meeting held on 15th February 2019, approved a one-time settlement (OTS) for Orange City Water Private Limited.
Vedprakash filed a complaint in the Sadar police station on the date of August 9 last year, citing irregularities of public money of about Rs 92 crore. For this decision, there was a demand to register a case against the then-mayor and about four other directors of Nagpur Environmental Services Limited.
In the same month, DCP Vinit Shahu sent a letter to UDD along with a copy of the Vedprakash complaint, citing his belonging to the urban development department.
Demanding to investigate one-time settlement
Last year on the date of October 8, CP Amitesh Kumar had also sent a letter to the urban development department. Kumar then directed the EOW to look into the complaint as well.
Amitesh has also stated that prima facie no cognizable offense has been found in the case at all. And the matter is related to UDD itself. Because of this, he has sent the complaint to the urban development department.
Last month, during the winter session of the state legislature in Mumbai, the Congress party’s city president and MLA Vikas Thakre met Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde. And a memorandum was submitted demanding to investigate the one-time settlement.
Nagpur Municipal Corporation had also released the payment to Orange City Water Private Limited, However, the revised agreement between Nagpur Municipal Corporation, Nagpur Environmental Services Limited, and Orange City Water Private Limited itself was not executed at all till now.