The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) standing committee Wednesday passed 58 proposals worth Rs 85 crore in a matter of 90 minutes. However, no new work orders for these approved projects can be issued. With the code of conduct kicking in Wednesday, the civic administration will now have to wait until after the elections to begin work on these projects.
“The work order for those proposals of “urgent nature” passed today can be issued after seeking approval of the election commission,” said Mohan Adtani, additional municipal commissioner (City).
A major portion of the funds was for the Ashray Yojana scheme, which involves providing transit accommodation for the BMC’s quarters that are in a dilapidated condition. Around Rs 18 crore was set aside for constructing the transit homes in P South ward and Byculla.
“Proposals related to policy matters were not taken up, and only those of on-going works that required administrative sanction were tabled before the standing committee. During the code of conduct, no new work order or tender can be issued. We will be referring the works of urgent nature such as pre-monsoon clean-up of all nullahs and the Ashray Yojana scheme to the election commission to allow us to issue work orders,” said Adtani.
The BMC’s standing committee passed proposals worth over Rs 3,000 crore, or 10 per cent of its annual budget, in barely four days last week. Over 45 proposals, close to 40 per cent of the 110 tenders approved on the agenda, were passed despite anomalies in their bid costs. The proposals were related to road construction, storm water drains and pumping stations.
Senior leaders from across party lines have been visiting the BMC to ensure that infrastructure work in their constituencies are completed before elections. Officials said the Rs 3,000 crore worth of proposals include such major projects.