THOUGH BMC has in recent years stressed transparency, at least 62 corporators did not speak to volunteers of MumbaiVotes. These 62 either refused, or were inaccessible for interviews for on the attendance, utilisation of funds and fulfilment of poll-time assurances by all 227 corporators being undertaken ahead of civic elections next year.
When contacted by The Indian Express, most of them said had been busy, while others said they had not been contacted.
As per findings of the survey, four corporators refused to give an interview while 36 showed no interest and repeatedly stalled the interview. Twenty-two could not be contacted. Of the remaining, 35 did not specify plans for the coming months.
Among those listed as not showing interest is Samajwadi Party’s group leader in the BMC, Rais Shaikh. “I was busy when they approached me and thus wasn’t able to give them the interview,” he told The Indian Express. Listing his contributions, he added he has started a dispensary in M-East ward and has addressed the issue of water shortage by replacing supply lines. Until the polls next year, Shaikh said his goals would be to focus education and sanitation.
Other corporators such as Shweta Rane of Shiv Sena stated they were unable to give an interview due to personal reasons but were not able to specify work to be taken up in coming months.
Others denied being approached by the team at all. Senior Shiv Sena corporator and MLA Sunil Prabhu said, “They either never got in touch with me or may have called when I was busy. Why would I deny an interview?” Prabhu stated that apart from the two gardens he has built in Goregaon, he is planning to start a welfare centre in Bimbisar Nagar, a project currently at the tendering stage.
Congress corporator Kesarben Murji Patel from K-East Ward stated that he had not been contacted. “I would not have minded being interviewed at all since I have done a lot of work in my ward. Apart from ensuring water supply in 7,000 homes in Subhash Nagar, I have installed 85 CCTV cameras in my ward and 25 more are yet to be put up. I am also working on starting a free pharmacy for slums,” Patel said.
Shiv Sena corporator Sunita Elwadekar was among those who refused to be interviewed. “I didn’t feel like giving them an interview. But I have done work in my ward, like the Jijamata Road, as well as the road widening of the MIDC road,” she said.