The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has perhaps forgotten that the post of city engineer is important for the overall development of a city. It has therefore entrusted the responsibility of the post to an executive engineer. This has been revealed by the civic body in response to a Right to Information (RTI) query by activist Anil Galgali.
𝗥𝗧𝗜 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘀𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝗱 𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗼 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗰𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗰 𝗯𝗼𝗱𝘆 𝗼𝗻 𝗰𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗿
The RTI activist had sought information from the NMMC regarding the city engineer. Uttam Kharat, the administrative officer of the general administration department provided Galgali with a copy of the April 2, 2021 order of the then Commissioner Abhijit Bangar.
The document mentions that the last city engineer, Surendra Vasudev Patil, retired on March 31, 2021. Thereafter, executive engineer Sanjay Gopal Desai started looking into the work of the parent department and also took on the additional charge of the vacant post till further orders.
𝗖𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗰 𝗯𝗼𝗱𝘆 𝘀𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗻𝗼 𝗰𝗼𝗽𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗴𝗼𝘃𝘁 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗮𝗹 𝗼𝗻 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗱𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗴𝗲
In his reply to Galgali, Kharat claimed that they don’t have on record a copy of the approval of the government while giving the additional charge, a copy of the advertisement regarding the maximum period of additional charge, and a copy of correspondence with the government for sending officers on deputation.
A city engineer has a civil engineering degree at the time of joining as an assistant engineer, and plans infrastructure development works of the city, besides taking administration and technical decisions. On the contrary, an executive engineer is simply a diploma holder and works under a city engineer.
𝗥𝗧𝗜 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘀𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝗲𝗸𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗿𝘆 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗖𝗠, 𝗗𝗖𝗠
Galgali has now written to the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and NMMC chief, demanding an inquiry. He has questioned the intention behind giving an important post like the city engineer’s on an additional charge for two years. He has also demanded the appointment of a qualified officer with immediate effect.
NMMC chief Rajesh Narvekar told the FPJ that the executive engineer has been given additional charge with the permission of the state government. On why the post has been vacant for the last two years, he said it’s the state government that has to provide the official.
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