THE High Court’s order that all new construction work in the city be stalled until the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation complies with Solid Waste Management rules has left elected corporators worried about its impact on the BMC’s revenues.
A discussion in the Standing Committee meeting Wednesday saw corporators from all parties unanimously criticising the civic body’s ‘incompetence’ that led to the HC order. Stating that the order would become a hurdle in the city’s development, Samajwadi Party corporator Rais Shaikh raised a point of order. “The real estate industry, which is the backbone of Mumbai, will suffer as a result of the decision and the BMC will similarly suffer revenue loss. As members of the standing committee, we need to know the reason behind this order by the High Court. The BMC also has to take us into confidence about a plan to resolve this issue,” Shaikh said.
He pointed out that the primary cause behind the order was the series of fires at the Deonar dumping ground. “The fires are violating the right to clean air and the BMC’s incompetence in dealing with this issue is apparent, as it is yet to come up with concrete plans for any of the dumping grounds,” said Shaikh.
BJP leader Manoj Kotak said, “We had visited the dumping grounds in November. There has been no change since, apart from the focus shifting from Mulund to Deonar. The BMC doesn’t have any idea about the technology it will use to tackle the problem.”
MNS corporator Sandeep Deshpande said, “The BMC should make short-term and long-term plans about this issue in a monthly time-frame.”
Leader of opposition Devendra Amberkar said the immediate repercussion of the order would be that BMC stands to lose revenue of around Rs 1,000-1,500 crore, in the form of developmental charges paid by builders.