MUMBAI: The Opposition BJP in Maharashtra on Friday alleged a Rs 300 crore scam in the redevelopment of Manora MLA hostel in south Mumbai, citing that the project cost had increased by 66 per cent in two years.

In a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, BJP legislator Atul Bhatkalkar demanded to know why the contract for redeveloping the hostel at Rs 600 crore was scrapped and reworked at Rs 900 crore.

“How was there a cost escalation of Rs 300 crore in two years? Who is the beneficiary of this Rs 300 crore scam?” he asked.

Bhatkalkar demanded that the contract be scrapped and a thorough probe be conducted in the entire matter.

The BJP MLA also threatened to file a complaint in this regard with the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC).

The earlier Devendra Fadnavis-led government in Maharashtra had signed an MoU with the Central government’s National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) for the project at Rs…

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