McKinsey sets up BMC ‘war room’

BMC has roped in global consulting firm McKinsey & Company to set up a ‘war room’ in its office and develop skills of 40 senior executives to manage it.

Written by Alison Saldanha | Mumbai | Updated: April 9, 2014 6:15 pm

BMC has roped in global consulting firm McKinsey & Company to set up a ‘war room’ in its office and develop skills of 40 senior executives to manage it.

The ‘war room’ will monitor strategic civic projects.

Over the weekend,McKinsey held a workshop for municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte,four additional municipal commissioners,joint deputy municipal commissioners and assistant municipal commissioners. They were taught leadership skills,problem-solving and capacity building.

“McKinsey has been providing us this service pro bono for 7-8 months. The concept was first used by the UK Prime Minister and later adopted by the office of the Prime Minister for closer monitoring of strategic projects in the country. McKinsey is helping us with ‘war room’ strategy by putting in place systems and mechanisms,” Kunte said.

In its July 2010 report,‘Building India — Transforming the nation’s logistics infrastructure’,McKinsey had termed the setting up of a ‘war room’ a critical governance change to “move from strategy to implementation”.

“The municipal commissioner’s project office will act as the ‘war room’. We have identified 20 projects for closer monitoring. The office will speed up implementation,” Kunte said.

The 20 ‘high-priority strategic’ projects include preparing a disaster management plan,rolling out local body tax,implementing the new property tax system and Gargai-Pinjal dam.

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