Civic officials spar over debris dumping at standing committee meeting WHAT THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER SAID
There seems to be no solution to the issue of debris dumping in the city, with chaos prevailing during the civic body’s standing committee at the mention of the issue, on Wednesday.
In fact, the meeting saw deputy municipal commissioners RK Mathpati, who heads zone I and II, and Jagannath Sinnarkar who heads the administration, contradicting each other on the matter. Further, Mathpati — who is on deputation with Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation — alleged lethargy by administration in clearing files. He added that officials had little power to act against illegal encroachments.
In fact, only last week the civic administration had announced the transfer of four ward officers for lethargy in work related to illegal debris dumping in the city.
The chaos began with Shiravane corporator Madhuri Sutar bringing up the issue of debris outside Sainath Bakery in her ward.
On hearing this, Mathpati replied that about Rs30,000, which had been allocated for the work, had already been spent for clearing the debris.
This enraged the standing members as Mathpati’s statement contradicted Sinnarkar’s, who had last week said that Rs50,000 had been sanctioned as recurring allocation for such clearances.
Sampat Shevale, standing committee chairman said, “Why are we being misled by the administration with two conflicting statements. Sinnarkar claims that a circular clarifying that Rs50,000 could be spent and would be reimbursed had been sent, while Matpathi has no knowledge of it.”
Sinnarkar, again, clarified that following the initial confusion that the Rs50,000 provision was for emergency expenses, the municipal commissioner had sent a letter stating that it could be used all year round.
Mathpati, continued to contradict this claim and said, “One also needs to check how much time is taken to clear files with Rs50,000 expenses after submission.”