Maharashtra's Louis Berger projects also on a scanner

PTI, MUMBAI | 10 August 2015 22:25 IST

As Goa Police make rapid progress in Louis Berger pay-off scam, government in adjoining Maharashtra today ordered an inquiry to ascertain if there had been irregularities in awarding of consultancy of some projects, including Navi Mumbai airport, to the US firm.

"Yes, I have ordered an inquiry by a committee headed by a senior bureaucrat in the contracts awarded to Louis Berger," Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told PTI in Mumbai. 

A full-fledged inquiry will be set up if deviations in awarding contracts came to light, he said. 

Louis Berger has served as the management consultant for a slew of projects in the country's financial hub such as the Mumbai Metro One rail service, Monorail, Navi Mumbai international airport project and Santacruz-Chembur Link Road. 



Last month, the firm had admitted in a US Court that it paid bribes to top Indian officials to bag water and sewerage projects in Goa and Assam. 

The Goa Crime Branch has so far arrested four persons, including former Public Works Minister Churchill Alemao, for allegedly receiving bribes for handing down a consultancy contract of a major water development project in the state. 


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