Mosquito breeding spots: Legal department to recruit law graduates to handle cases

During the monthly meeting with all heads of departments held on Saturday, Ajoy Mehta stated that young graduates will gain experience from the work and the legal department will be able to focus on more pressing issues.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:October 2, 2016 5:34 am
ajoy-mehta-759 Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta.

ADDRESSING staff crunch in the legal department, municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta has issued directions to the legal department to recruit fresh law graduates to handle cases after notices are served for detection of mosquito breeding spots in buildings.

During the monthly meeting with all heads of departments held on Saturday, Mehta stated that young graduates will gain experience from the work and the legal department will be able to focus on more pressing issues. “He has asked us to hire fresh law graduates to handle cases of mosquito breeding spots. The cases are procedural yet time consuming. The law graduates can learn the process and we will pay them a percentage of the fine amount which is collected,” said a senior official from the legal department.

According to section 381 B of Mumbai Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act, 1888, the BMC can serve notices to residents for not taking measures to prevent mosquito breeding. As per norms of the act, the BMC will serve a notice and file a case in the Metropolitan Magistrate court and a fine between Rs 2,000 to Rs 10,000 can be imposed on offenders not preventing mosquito breeding in private premises.

The legal department officials added that they are suffering from a severe shortage of staff with only 11 advocates dealing with matters in all 24 wards in the city. “Each case of section 381 B takes a minimum of six months to be disposed. We don’t have enough advocates or even staff members for advocates in the ward offices,” said the official.

The executive health officer, Padmaja Keskar stated that the BMC issues around 200 notices for detection of mosquito breeding spots every month which turn into legal cases. “We have issued more than 13,000 notices till August and some people pay on their own. However, of them, only 927 cases have been filed till date,” she said.

The commissioner also directed the ward officials to keep a close watch on trenches dug on city roads. Ward officials will have to ensure proper closure of the trenches.

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    Dr M
    Oct 2, 2016 at 6:22 am
    Misplaced confidence if you engage lawyers for faster disposal of mitigation of problems.
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    Ramesh Patil
    Oct 2, 2016 at 1:33 pm
    Ms Keskar Health Officer -e invite you to K west Ward and visit neighbourhood near Heera Panna -she may not require to give all stats -shortage of staff Instead of reacting why not be Proactive ---!st Pots and now mosquito menace -Health Dept seems to be rudderless -despite MM highlighting the waste of space -at Lokhandwala Complex -Andheri no action by BMC top br Gross negligence on the part of Health Officers
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    Ramesh Patil
    Oct 2, 2016 at 12:32 pm
    Sir will Ajoy Mehta declare the Professional Consultants No and amount paid during last 2 yrs BMC has army of Legal consultants /advisers -who are handsomely paid of course at the cost of Taxpayers Money Why not Recruit well qualified Engineers (civil) who can fill in pots -Commissioners will come and GO but not Pots Wish Mehta shift his Residence from Carmichael Rd -for few days -and stay at PWD Rest House at Andheri and travel to BMC/Mantralaya --coz as they say -Taste of Pudding lies in Eating CM has to order him to complete the filling job in 15 days -Right from CM to MC experty in Fooling -Wish CM withhold Mehta's ry for 3 months -OR till Pots are filled in Is it too much to ask our ever smiling CM
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