Don’t expect the streetlights to be fixed in your area for some time now as the municipal body has not yet taken a decision on whether it will extend or issue new contracts for civil works.
In spite of repeated demands by members of the standing committee, the issue did not reach a concrete conclusion, leading to adjournment of the meet on Friday.
The BMC issues contracts for minor civil works like maintenance of street lights and pavements. After the contracts with the existing contractors ended two months ago, they were given extension until September.
But with no action being taken to either extend the contracts or issuing new ones, several corporators, including Dilip Patel of BJP, Rais Sheikh of SP, and Sheetal Mhatre and Asif Zakaria of Congress, slammed the administration.
“You either come up with a new system or let the existing contractors continue with the work. As no contractors have been appointed, there are no works being carried out a week after the contract period concluded,” said Sheikh.
Additional municipal commissioner Mohan Adtani said a presentation will be made to the group leaders soon regarding petty works, but the corporators were not appeased and leader of the House Yashodhar Phanase moved a motion of adjournment.
In a related development, standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale instructed the civic administration to look into observations made by holding chief accountant (finance) Ram Dhas hinting at a corporators-officers-contractors nexus.
In an internal note circulated to the municipal chief, additional municipal commissioners and others, Dhas had claimed that contractors ‘manage’ the maintenance staff to certify works and the corporators to get monetary provisions through budget estimates, while the results are invisible (quality of works is inferior).
The note was brought to committee’s notice by Mhatre in March, following which Dhas was made to apologise before the panel. The standing committee instructed the BMC to demand Dhas’ resignation if the observations were not substantiated.