A day after 198 corporators condemned the BBMP's decision to freeze 1,970 civic works worth Rs 530 crore based on the report given by the vigilance team, the man behind the investigation tendered his registration and opted for VRS.
N Devaraj, chief engineer, Technical Vigilance Committee under Commissioner (TVCC), sought voluntary retirement. He said: "I'm hurt by the way corporators spoke in the council about me and my report. So far, I've given my hundred percent at work and now I don't want to continue. Politicians would request me to change the report as they wanted, but I never succumbed to their pressure. I don't want to work in such a system."
The BBMP commissioner had put 1,970 works on hold across the city, after the TVCC report said these works were either unnecessary, repeated or needn't be taken up at a time when the civic agency is reeling under a financial crunch. The report was prepared after inspections and investigation.
- - Devaraj was threatened by a group of persons when he gave his report on the scam in transferable development rights in May 2012.
For the full report in the ToI, click here.
That our neta's were largely under the influence of contractors, and how they worked to keep them busy (check this), was well known from long. From that position, in the last Corporation and recent Assembly elections, the contractors themselves have gone on to become neta's. And, going by this report, it appears there is no power on earth that can stop them, particularly now that they supposedly have the mandate of the people also.
So, do we just sit and watch? It's a matter of serious worry.