In his first assignment as Chief Secretary, Mehta attended meetings convened by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to review the drought situation in six districts — Pune, Sangli, Satara, Amravati, Nagpur and Chandrapur.
Sources said that Madan had written to the CM on May 8 seeking voluntary retirement on an immediate basis, citing personal grounds. He had also sought a waiver of the three-month notice clause, which was accepted and forwarded for the EC’s clearance.
This time corporators did not hold lengthy discussions before clearing the budget, fearing that the discussion will push budget clearing into election code of conduct and cause delay in development projects.
Mehta presented annual budget estimates for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation totalling Rs 30,692.59 crore, including proposed capital expenditure of 11,480.42 crore, a 21 per cent increase over the previous year’s capital works outlay.
The architects and planners chosen for the project have been asked to submit a detailed plan for the bungalow by this month after municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta suggested that the earlier plan be reworked.
After presenting its highest ever budget of Rs 37,052 crore in 2016-17, the BMC had slashed the budget by about Rs 12,000 crore and presented a more “realistic” and “practical” budget of Rs 25,141 crore in 2017-18
The data provided by the Legal department shows that out of 368 sanctioned posts in the department, around 279 have been filled up while 89 posts remain vacant. Another issue faced by the department is the lack of technological knowledge among the existing staff.
He has also been given additional charge as director of ESP. In the SWD department, Vidyadhar Khandkar, a deputy engineer, was appointed the chief engineer. All three officers took charge of their new postings on Wednesday, said an official.