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Uddhav-led Thackeray memorial panel chose architect on own: RTI

IANS  |  Mumbai 

A panel, headed by ruling NDA constituent Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray, has reportedly bypassed the government to select a for the planned Memorial, a RTI reply has revealed.

Mumbai-based activist had written to the Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) seeking details of the memorial coming up in the prime sea-facing plot at Shivaji Park in Dadar, which was earlier used as the city Mayor's official residence.

"As per the RTI reply, the 9-member Balasahab Memorial Committee (BTMC), headed by Thackeray, has gone ahead and appointed well-known firm, Abha Narain as and Project Manager for the Rs 100 crore memorial, keeping the MMRDA in the dark," he said.

Galgali said that ideally, this critical position should have been advertised and global tenders sought for designing the landmark monument for which the land allocation and construction costs are being borne by the

BTMC Uddhav wrote to the MMRDA on March 1 that has been appointed to prepare the detailed plan, budget estimates and tender process for the memorial, right up to the completion of the project, he added.

"It says a contract has already been signed with the architect's firm and this procedure was conducted in a transparent manner, as per government rules. The fact still remains that we lost a golden opportunity for a global competition to design the landmark," Galgali said.

The RTI activist said he has written to Devendra Fadnavis, seeking to know why an international competition was not considered for the monument which would be dedicated to the founder, Bal Thackeray, who passed away here on November 17, 2012.

Besides as the Chairman, the BTMC includes Minister as Member-Secretary, Aditya Thackeray, Shashikant Prabhu and as Members, while the state Chief Secretary, Urban Development Secretary, Principal Secretary, & Judiciary, and are ex-officio members.

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First Published: Fri, June 14 2019. 17:42 IST
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