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Retd IAS Mopalwar's appointment attracts criticism

By IndianMandarins- 28 Jun 2019


Retired IAS officer Radheshyam Mopalwar's appointment as the vice-chairman and managing director of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has run into a controversy as an old inquiry may still be pending against him.


Mopalwar was sent on leave in August 2017 following a controversy involving an audio clip that went viral. In the clip, a man was heard asking for a bribe of Rs 1 crore to clear a redevelopment project in Borivali. Satish Mangle, a complainant in an extortion case, had claimed that the voice was that of Mopalwar. Mopalwar, however, denied the allegation.


Following the allegations, the government constituted a three-member committee headed by former Chief Secretary Johnny Joseph.


Meanwhile, Mopalwar had retired in February 2018. But he was immediately reappointed on a contract for one year. He was given a one-year extension in February this year.


The MSRDC is currently implementing the Fadnavis government’s Rs 55,000 crore flagship project –704-km long Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway, also known as Samruddhi Corridor.


Impressed with the speed at which the land acquisition was completed, Fadnavis wants Mopalwar to be at the helm of affairs at MSRDC till the project is completed. MSRDC is also implementing the Rs 7,000-crore Versova-Bandra Sea link which is part of the ambitious coastal road project. The corporation is implementing the Missing Links project, which is aimed at reducing travel time between Pune and Mumbai by at least 30 minutes. The cost of the project is estimated to be around Rs 5,000 crore. Aiming for speedy implementation of all these projects.


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