MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): At least four of the major tenders under the Mumbai Ahmedabad High-Speed Railway Project (MAHSR) were given to firms who had donated to the Bharatiya Janata Party in the past.
The report surfaced after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray promised a “review” of the Indo Japanese joint venture of augmenting bullet trains in the western region of India.
According to the report, four companies Cube Construction, Vibhui Organisers, KR Savani, and Dhanji K Patel were allotted tenders to have major stakes in the bullet train project.
Cube Construction has been allotted a tender for “Leasing of space for computerized reservation system complex of Western Railways near Vadodara Station” for the MAHSR project in January 2019.
As per the information revealed by the BJP, Cube Construction has made a donation up to ₹55 lakh in three separate transactions between 2012-13 and 2017-18 to the saffron party.
Vibhui Organisers have been given tender for “providing office space on lease basis in Surat” in 2018. They made a donation of ₹21 lakh in 2012-13 to the BJP.
KR Savani has been tendered with the responsibility of constructing various service buildings at Vadodara station in connection with MAHSR. The tender was given to them in May 2018. The donation made by them to the BJP was of ₹2 lakh in 2012-13.
Dhanji K Patel has been given the tender for miscellaneous work between Vatva to Sabarmati for MAHSR. The tender was given in November 2018 and they made a donation of ₹2.5 lakh in 2017-18 to the BJP.