The BMC’s move to appoint a consultant to improve the city’s ranking in Swachh Bharat Mission 2020 has drawn criticism from corporators.
Slamming the civic administration for “wasting public money”, the corporators said there is no change on the ground even after spending so much money and that the administration should involve corporators.
Opposition leader Ravi Raja said the civic body had appointed a consultant last year also but, rather than improving, the rank went down.
“The BMC will pay Rs 50 lakh to the consultant to help it implement Swachh Bharat Mission. Rather than spending on the consultant, the civic body should take the help of the 227 corporators on the ground. Civic staff and officials are not doing their job wisely. Condition of toilets are bad, garbage collection is not up to the mark, then what these consultants are suggesting the BMC? It’s a total waste of public money,” said Raja.
In a bid to implement Swachh Bharat Mission effectively, the BMC has appointed a consultant as Project Implementation Unit (PIU). The BMC has finalised consultant M/s E&Y for one year and will pay it at least Rs 50 lakh.
Samajwadi Party corporator Raid Shaikh questioned why the appointment was made without inviting any tenders. “The consultant was appointed without inviting any tenders, this is completely unacceptable… Also, Swachh Bharat Mission has completely failed in the city,” said Shaikh.
The corporators were speaking in the Standing Committee meeting when the proposal came up for final approval on Wednesday.
BJP group leader and MP Manoj Kotak blamed civic staff for poor implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission in Mumbai. Kotak said, “The BMC paints walls across the city for creating awareness among people about the mission but does it really help? What kind of suggestions these consultants are giving? A consultant was appointed last year also but no one knows what was in its report? The administration should tell us how much it has implemented from the previous report.”
Despite opposition from corporators, the Standing Committee chairman cleared the proposal.