Heated de­bate in PMC meet­ing over ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in work or­der

IL­LE­GAL EX­TEN­SION Coun­cil­lor al­leges two or­gan­i­sa­tions se­lected for same de­vel­op­men­tal work

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A to­tal of 4,713 em­ploy­ees will re­cruited in Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) soon.

These in­clude ward of­fi­cers and as­sis­tant mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sion­ers.

The NMMC has sent a pro­posal for the re­cruit­ments to the state gov­ern­ment for sanc­tion.

Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe has said that the posts will be filled as soon as the sanc­tion is re­ceived.

Mundhe said, “Since our ob­jec­tive is to en­sure that the res­i­dents’ work is done at the ward of­fice level it­self, there is a need to in­crease the work­ing ca­pac­ity of the of­fice. For this, the num­ber of per­son­nel in the of­fices will be in­creased.”

He added, “Once the gov­ern­ment ap­proval is in, we will fill the posts with per­ma­nent em­ploy­ees.”

Mundhe said, “The re­cruit­ments will be done as per the norms of the gov­ern­ment through open ad­ver­tise­ments fol­lowed by in­ter­views. It will be a trans­par­ent process.”

Mundhe has ear­lier laid off sev­eral con­tract work­ers stat­ing they can­not be ab­sorbed as per­ma­nent em­ploy­ees as per the rules and reg­u­la­tions of the gov­ern­ment.

Op­po­si­tion leader San­deep Patil sparked up­roar in the Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil’s (PMC) meet­ing on Wednes­day when he al­leged ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the work to be done by the rul­ing party un­der the chief min­is­ter’s re­lief fund.

A to­tal of 46 res­o­lu­tions were tabled for dis­cus­sion in the meet­ing of which only five were stayed.

PMC, soon to be­come a mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion, con­ducted its gen­eral meet­ing on Wednes­day, where even be­fore a res­o­lu­tion could be brought up for dis­cus­sion, Patil brought forth his al­le­ga­tions. He claimed that the con­trac­tor (for the work un­der the CM’s re­lief fund) had been granted an ex­ten­sion, in vi­o­la­tion of the norms. He also al­leged that two or­gan­i­sa­tions had been se­lected for the same de­vel­op­men­tal work.

A sum of Rs14.5 lakh had been sanc­tioned for de­vel­op­ing Sec­tor 7 of Khanda Colony from the then chief min­is­ter Prithvi­raj Cha­van’s fund. Ac­cord­ing to Patil, no work had be­gun on that front.

“The con­trac­tor did not be­gin the work de­spite the ex­piry of the work or­der time,” he said. “No ac­tion was taken against him as per the law, in­stead he was given an ex­ten­sion of 18 months. The il­le­gal ex­ten­sion had been given by the PMC pres­i­dent de­spite op­po­si­tion by the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and city en­gi­neer. There should be a de­tailed in­quiry into the is­sue.”

He fur­ther said, “The area falls un­der the PMC pres­i­dent’s ward had paver block in­stal­la­tion needs to be done. The per­mis­sion was sanc­tioned from district col­lec­tor’s of­fice too. Ob­vi­ously this seems to be a ploy to get bills sanc­tioned from two sources.”

PMC pres­i­dent Charusheela Gharat de­nied the al­le­ga­tions. “If there re­ally is any du­pli­ca­tion, we will en­sure that the work or­der is can­celled,” she said.

The House also took up the is­sue of toi­lets un­der the Swachch Bharat mis­sion. The pipe­line con­nec­tion of var­i­ous toi­lets that have been con­structed is still pend­ing. There were com­plaints that PMC had is­sued cheques to ben­e­fi­cia­ries de­spite the in­com­plete work.

Congress coun­cil­lor Nir­mala Mha­tre said, “Even though the month of Shra­van starts in a few days, the city is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing traf­fic snarls be­cause of the var­i­ous work in progress. Since there is an in­creased traf­fic, PMC needs to en­sure that the work is com­pleted at the ear­li­est and there are no ma­jor traf­fic is­sues.”

She added, “There is also a need for ac­tion against il­le­gal hawk­ers in the city.” Wa­ter flows out of Tansa pipe­line af­ter it burst at Var­tak Na­gar in Thane on Thurs­day.

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