Sensing trouble, additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar promoted at least 50 assistant engineers in a hush-hush meeting on Friday, within a few hours of the Dockyard Road building collapse, to fill the vacant posts lying in various departments.
“If somebody should have raised the issue of shortage of engineers, she (Mhaiskar) could have been held responsible for not promoting them,” said a senior civic official.
Confirming the development, Mhaiskar told dna, “Out of 50, 38 sub engineers have been promoted as assistant engineers. The remaining have already taken the charge which we regularised.”
From April this year, the civic body appointed assistant engineers (Building and Factory) as designated officers who will be held responsible for unauthorised constructions in the city.