Mumbai: BMC’s nod for proposals worth Rs 600 crore, again in 25 minutes flat

Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has passed proposals worth Rs 600 crores in less than 25 minutes in the standing committee meeting on Tuesday. This comes on the heels of the corporation on Friday, last week, passing proposals worth Rs 700 crores.

Totally it adds up to proposals worth Rs 1300 crore in around 5 days, with hardly any discussion. The proposals passed on Tuesday were on crucial sectors like roads, health, sewage, drainage, fire brigade, etc. The standing committee meeting began at 2.35 pm and concluded before 3 pm on Tuesday.

An Opposition corporator blamed the ruling party for keeping these proposals pending till the last minute. An Opposition party corporator in BMC said, “Shiv Sena has done no work and now they are rushing the proposals through in a hurry to create a mirage of work done. Due to this rush, several important proposals were not discussed.”

However, a civic official justified it saying that the LS elections would go on for a few months and BMC needs funding to manage these projects during these months. “The elections will go on for three months. BMC cannot sit idle as a lot of work needs to be done before we approach monsoon,” said the civic official.

Rubbishing this claim, the opposition corporator said, “The standing committee cannot approve new proposals after implementation of the model code of conduct. The only reason for the rush is to show that many proposals are approved and use it for gaining votes during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections,” he said.

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