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Corporators want 100% control over minor civil works

Saturday, 31 May 2014 - 6:45am IST | Agency: dna

Apprehensive prospects of their parties/candidates will be affected during the upcoming state assembly polls if they don't do 'visible' works, corporators have started pressuring the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to change the way it works.

Corporators on Friday insisted the BMC to bring back the civil works contracts (CWC) system in totality to ensure they have works to show when they approach public for votes. Work under the CWC system allows corporators to spend their development fund as they deem fit.

Civic authorities recently had issued a circular that states the BMC will carry out petty civil works like repairs and maintenance of roads/footpaths, street lights, cleaning minor drainage system, etc through the e-tendering process and CWC system on a 50:50 percent ratio.

The corporation had last year introduced e-tendering process for works up to Rs5 lakh to bring in transparency. The process was introduced following doubts of corporators-contractors-officials nexus paralyzing the CWC system.

Initially, the BMC planned to carry out all the works through e-tendering process only. However, in the wake of complaints of poor results, the corporation has issued a circular allowing such works to be executed through both, CWC and e-tendering.

During the standing committee meeting held on Friday, all-party corporators demanded the civic authorities to repel the circular and embrace CWC in totality before they approach public for votes.

Congress' Ghatkopar corporator Pravin Chheda mooted the issue for discussion. He was supported by opposition leader and party colleague Devendra Amberkar. "The e-tendering process is a complete failure. Besides, the quality of works has been poor," Amberkar said.

House leader Trushna Vishwasrao stressed that the e-tendering process is time-consuming unlike unlike the CWC. "With elections around and code of conduct to set in its run up, we must be able to complete civic works. If e-tendering remains there, then we won't be able to carry out works."

Responding to the issue raised by the members, committee chairman Yashodhar Phanase instructed the municipal administration to look into their concerns.
When asked, a senior civic official said, "It is the civic chief who will decide in the matter."

The CWC works are carried through corporators' fund. As reported in dna earlier, each of the 232 city corporators are set to receive Rs 1.60 crore as developed fund.

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