A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) revealed its ambitious plans of replacing the conventional street lightswith energy-efficient LED lights, former mayor Sunil Prabhu and the opposition parties opposed the move at the general body meeting of BMC.
They stated that the project was announced without inviting tenders and without taking requisite approvals from the civic body. Prabhu also wrote a letter to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday opposing the move.
“Though the initiative is for the collective good of the city, the civic body was not taken into confidence before the project was handed over to the Enegry Efficiency Services Limited. By taking this step, the government has encroached upon the corporation’s power,” said former mayor and MLA Sunil Prabhu from Shiv Sena.
The project has been handed over to Energy Efficiency Services Limited, a subsidiary of the Central government.
A decision to replace the streetlights was made at a meeting between senior officials of the Centre, state and civic body last week. After launching the project at Marine Drive, LED lights will be installed all over the city and suburbs in the next eight months. Fadnavis is also set to inaugurate the pilot project at Marine Drive on January 31.
“The Central government should note that the civic body is capable of undertaking the project by itself. The Centre is handing over the project without following BMC’s standard procedure of inviting tenders and we completely oppose this move,” said Devendra Amberkar, leader of the opposition at the civic body.
Samajwadi party leader Rais Shaikh said, “While the BJP may say that the project has been handed over considering the company’s credibility, this is not the general practise and is completely against the rules of the civic body.”