Alleging massive corruption in the much-hyped ‘Mo Cycle’ project, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday targeted the Odisha government seeking clarification.
Led by Bhubaneswar District BJP President Babu Singh, scores of party workers staged demonstration and took out a rally from Sishu Bhawan chhak in the Smart City.
The party alleged that the bicycles which were procured for crores of rupees have been sold at throwaway price as scrap.
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“The State government sought to present a rosy picture before the people of Bhubaneswar through the ambitious Mo Cycle project. They spent crores on the project. But now the cycles are rotting in scrap yards,” alleged Singh.
Apart from spending around Rs 5 crore for procuring the bicycles, the State government spent another Rs 1 crore towards their maintenance. The bicycles which were brought at Rs 25,000 per piece were sold for Rs 500 each and hundreds of such cycles are now lying at the Dumduma scrap yard, Singh added.
No comments could be obtained from State government officials on the allegations levelled by the BJP.
It is pertinent to mention here that the ‘Mo Cycle’ scheme was launched in the Smart City on November 26, 2018 during the Men’s Hockey World Cup with an aim to boost public transport.
The bicycles were procured from three companies namely Hexi, Yaana and Yulu for five years at a cost of Rs 25,000 per cycle. However, the cycles are now rotting along the roadside. Similarly, there are allegations that bulk of the cycles are being dismantled and dumped in a scrap yard.