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Sitaram Kunte meets Rakesh Maria; seeks police help for civic operations

Saturday, 2 August 2014 - 7:10am IST | Agency: dna

The civic body is seeking police protection for evicting residents from dilapidated building as well as taking on water mafia. BMC plans to carry out these operations in the next couple of months.

Civic chief Sitaram Kunte accompanied by senior officials met Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria on Friday to discuss the issue. According to sources, civic staff will need police help for evicting residents from old buildings. "With Bombay high court ruling in BMC's favour, we can forcefully evict these residents. However, civic officials fear resistance and hence need protection," an official said.

The civic chief has also sought protection for officials who evict unauthorised hawkers. The meeting also held discussions on the water mafia. Police protection was requested for officials who disconnect unauthorised water connections.

"Ganpati bandobast and non-payment of water bills by police were also discussed.

Police wanted concession on their pending bills. "But that may not be possible," the official added. The Mumbai police currently owe the civic body water bills amounting to approximately Rs 23 crore.
"We will provide adequate protection to civic officials. Such meetings help iron out issues between police and BMC and help better coordination," Maria said.

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