Bhopal: Cash crunch BMC goes for planters at Rs 3500 each

Staff ReporterUpdated: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 06:55 AM IST
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Bhopal: Despite availability of all sorts of earthen planters, BMC has taken up a pilot project, purchasing expensive huge pots claiming that they would serve multiple purposes. Cash crunch hit Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has bought huge ornamental planters to be placed on dividers and in areas where plantation is not possible.

The civic administration has purchased 500 huge earthen pots each costing as high as Rs 3500.  Justifying the decision, BMC deputy commissioner Kamal Solanki said the new big earthen vessels which the civic body has purchased aims to add to the beautification of the city.

After rainy reason, the painted pots with plants will be placed in the areas where it is not possible to take up plantation.  It is a pilot project and if results are encouraging we will purchase such pots in good number, he added. Deputy commission (Swachh Bharat Mission) Bhagwan Das Bhumarkar confirmed that 500 big size earthen pots have been purchased for Rs 3500 each.

It is for beautification and will be used for plantation and will also serve the purpose of divider. “These planters will serve multiple purposes that of —ornamental, environmental and divider,” said Bhumarkar. Congress has accused the administration of misusing Smart City fund even when the BMC was facing financial crunch.

Leader of Opposition in BMC, Mohammad Sageer said civic administration is misusing fund of Smart City. BMC does not have ample fund as its total income is Rs 400 crore and its budget is of Rs 1700 crore said Sageer. So the only option with the BMC is to utilize Smart City’s fund to manage the show, which is erroneous, he added

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