Civic of­fi­cials spar over de­bris dump­ing at stand­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing WHAT THE DEPUTY COM­MIS­SIONER SAID

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected] hin­dus­tan­times. com

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.”

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