Irked over municipal commissioner Abasaheb Jarhad’s absence during the standing committee meeting on Wednesday, the members forced chairman Suresh Kulkarni to adjourn the meeting until the civic chief is present.
The matter was raised as soon as the members assembled at the meeting. NCP corporator from Ghansoli, Sanjay Patil, pointed out at the absence of the officials. “We are here, but where are the officials? We come here for the weekly meetings, keeping aside our regular business work, only to find officials absent,” said Patil.
He also raised the issue of the absence of the municipal commissioner at the meeting. “You [Suresh Kulkarni] please call the commissioner or do not allow meeting to take place today. Schedule the meeting on the day it is convenient for the civic chief,” said Patil.
Echoing similar views, NCP’s Vaibhav Gaikwad said, “Of the 31 meetings that took place after commissioner assumed office, he has attended only five. We need concrete answers from officials who are chairing in place of civic chief. We have been only getting assurances.”
Deputy municipal commissioner, JN Sinnarkar, who was representing officials on behalf of the commissioner, informed members that Jarhad was in Mantralaya in connection with a meeting regarding solid waste management.
Sinnarkar’s answer angered NCP corporator Shivram Patil. He then asked chairman Kulkarni to adjourn the meeting. The chairman, later while speaking to mediapersons, said, “I have tried to pull on meetings in the absence of civic chief every time. However, it will be difficult for me to defend him [commissioner] from the wrath of members every time.”
The members said, “Our files are pending with the commissioner. Civic works are not taking off or have been held up. We need to fast track development works as the election code of conduct could come into force any time and then the works will be pending.”