Maharashtra Maritime Board has provided information to the RTI Activist Anil Galgali that 22 crores was spent for dredging at Vasai, Versova and Mandwa in last five months. Despite Maharashtra Maritime Board having its own dredgers still crores of money was spent on private vessels.
Galgali had sought information regarding dredging by Maharashtra Maritime Board in last three years. Marine Engineer & Chief Surveyor of the Maharashtra Maritime Board had informed Galgali that dredger owned by Maharashtra Maritime Board had dredged a quantity of 27, 300 Cu M from the Gorai Jetty during the period of April 2016 to May 2017, 23, 750 Cu M from the Borivali Jetty during the period of January 2017 to March 2017, 36, 581 Cu M from Deobag (Kalyan) during the period of October 2016 to May 2017 & 17, 250 Cu M from the Borivali Jetty during the period of April 2017 to May 2017.
Thereafter, Maharashtra Maritime Board had incurred an amount of Rs 22, 14, 43, 470 in five months for hiring private vessels.
The board has credited M/s Samudra Dredging Pvt. Ltd. An amount of Rs. 1, 66, 93, 644 rupees for dredging of 45, 988 Cu M for dredging during November 2017 to December 2017. It has credited M/s Samudra Dredging Pvt. Ltd. an amount of Rs 3, 93, 47, 000 for dredging of 1, 72, 557 Cu M during January 2018 to March 2018. During this time Rs 6, 72, 97, 230 rupees were spent on dredging at Mandwa for a quantity of 1, 72, 557 Cu M. The board has credited M/s Rock & Reef Dredging Pvt. Ltd. an amount of Rs 9, 81, 05, 280 for dredging of 1, 72, 557 Cu M during April 2018 to May 2018.
According to Anil Galgali, though Maharashtra Maritime Board has its own dredgers, it had gone for resources of private companies. Therefore the amount dredged and the same dumped in any dumping location must be made in public domain by the Maharashtra Maritime Board. Therefore, Anil Galgali has by has addressed letter to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis requesting him further for using MMB owned vessels for dredging operation.