BJP affirms Housing and Sand scams in Karnataka

eNarada , Bengaluru, Thursday, January 25, 2018

Karnataka BJP has exposed a massive scams by Congress government. The issue relates to a Rs 2,500 crore worth scam in executing Centre sponsored Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY)- Housing for All (Urban).

Former Chief minister and Leader of Opposition in Assembly Jagadish Shettar giving details of scams of Congress Government. eNarada Picture

Former Karnataka Chief Minister and the Leader of opposition in Legislative Assembly Jagadish Shettar and other BJP leaders alleged that they have all the information that the Karnataka government was in receipt of at least 10 per cent kickback (Rs 250 Cr) in the entire process of tendering out the work.

Shettar said that the Karnataka Slum Development Board while tendering the housing project under the central scheme has favoured chosen but corrupt contractors and demanded no less than CBI inquiry into the entire process.

In a bid to build 50,000 houses, the slum clearance board had called for tenders in September 2017. Leader of opposition in Legislative council KS Eshwarappa said there were efforts to award the tenders to favourable contractors despite the objection raised by the Chairman of the board. The entire project was merged into 43 packages from original 99 packages and officials tried awarding them only to 10 chosen contractors.

“Tender process stalled as top politicians were unhappy but after negotiaons of kick back tender process started all over again. Now, the same contractors have applied again as they may have agreed to pay the commission to all the stake holders,” said Eshwarappa.

Addressing a joint press conference in Bengaluru on January 24, Jagadish Shettar, KS Eshwarappa and several other BJP leaders displayed documents pertaining to the issue and demanded resignation of Housing minister M.Krishnappa.
According to BJP leaders, R.V.Devaraj , Congress MLA and Commissioner of Karnataka Slum Development Board and top congress politicians have illegally constituted a committee and awarded the tender to chosen contractors.

Jagadish Shettar had recently charged Karnatka Government with another multi-crore scam in procuring sand for construction from Malaysia and distributing through Mysore Sales International limited(MSIL).

Karnataka BJP has demanded a CBI probe in what it called as a “sand scam” by Karnataka government. Leader of Opposition Jagadish Shettar said that the state-run Mysore Sales International Limited (MSIL) had given contracts to a bogus company for importing sand worth over Rs 5,000 crore. He alleged that the UAE-based company which had bagged tenders had not even given its phone number and address properly. The said company had no expertise in the field yet was given tender. He alleged that MSIL had revised the tenders to help the company. The said company had given documents of EMD at Axios Credit Bank in Singapore, thought that bank had no branch in Singapore. In fact, MSIL had violated import-export rules.

Shettar showed documents to prove that Karnataka was paying Rs 3,400 per tonne (Rs 2,300 per tonne + Rs 1,100 for package it in bags) for importing sand while Tamil Nadu was paying a mere Rs 925.

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