Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta has transferred eight officials from the building proposals department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, including six sub-engineers and two assistant engineers, after a preliminary inquiry report revealed deliberate delays on their part in processing approvals for building construction or amendment applications.
An executive engineer also named in the report was transferred when the preliminary inquiry was ordered after developers complained of corruption in the K West and K East offices of the building proposals department.
On the basis of the findings of the preliminary inquiry, Mehta has ordered the chief inquiry officer to conduct a detailed probe of the nine officials named in the report. The 10-day-long preliminary inquiry was conducted by officials of the vigilance department as well as Vinod Chitore, chief engineer of the Development Plan department of the BMC.
The report was submitted to the municipal commissioner on September 8. Engineers from the building proposals department were found to have deliberately delayed the processing of applications.
Among the five kind of permissions, delays were noted in 63 cases of concession reports and amended plans out of the 356 proposals surveyed in the inquiry. Apart from recommending transfer of some officials and warning others, the report also proposes that organisations of builders such as PEATA, MCHI and NAREDCO, which had raised concerns over bribery demands, should submit their amended plans through Auto DCR.
This new system allows the BMC to complete the process of examining proposals submitted by the architects online. In most cases, the report noted, there was a delay of up to seven days on an average. However, with the cases of deliberate delays, three sub-engineers were found to have delayed the proposals for between 11 and 37 days.
Similarly, in the survey department, a majority of the remarks were not issued within the time limit of seven days that further delayed the processing of the file at the BP department.
While the executive engineer was transferred to the building maintenance department at the time the preliminary inquiry was ordered, six sub-engineers and two assistant engineers have now been transferred to various departments and warnings issued to two other sub-engineers.
Mehta has also directed Vinod Chitore, the chief engineer of the DP department, to prepare a standard operating procedure for implementation in the department. firstname.lastname@example.org