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32 civic employees responsible

The special committee,appointed by Pune Municipal Corporation...

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
July 26, 2009 2:09:21 am

The special committee,appointed by Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) chief Mahesh Zagade to probe into the illegal dumping of construction waste on the Mula-Mutha river basin along Sangamwadi,has held 32 of its employees along with three zonal commissioners and two ward officers directly or indirectly responsible.

The issue of construction waste piling up along the Mutha river had come up for discussion during the general body meeting last month. And a committee headed by deputy commissioner Kundalik Karkar was appointed to probe into the matter.

Following the report,BJP leader Vikas Mathkari on Saturday demanded that police complaints be lodged against those who are directly or indirectly involved in the dumping. He has also declared that the BJP would lodge complaints against them if the civic body showed reluctance to do so.

Last month,the PMC had also issued show-cause notices to all officials,who served as zonal commissioners of Shivajinagar between December 2008 and June 2009 asking them why action should not be taken against them for failing to act against those who dumped thousands of truckloads of debris.

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The former zonal commissioners,who have been held responsible,include Bhanudas Mane,Madan Adhari and Jeevan Sonawane. The present zonal commissioner Dnyaneshwar Molak has been given a clean chit as he had directed the ward office to take immediate action in this regard.

Vasant Patil and Mukund Bhosale,former and present ward officers of Sangamwadi office respectively,have also been blamed for their inaction even as huge volume of debris was being dumped at the site.

The report also holds deputy city engineer Ganpat Salunke,assistant engineer Dhananjay Jadhav,G P Pawar,Vipul Kale and five junior engineers accountable. Six sanitary inspectors of various ranks who had served at the Sangamwadi ward office at different points of time,including Jeevansingh Parmar,Shivaji Sakpal,Ulhas Kale,Nanasaheb Bobade,Somnath Awale,are also blamed. Apart from this,the report also blames 12 supervisors and assistants of the Nuisance Detection Squad (NDS).

“The PMC has so far cleared 8,500 truckloads of debris from the site by spending Rs 50 lakh and will spend more in the coming days. Therefore,apart from the PMC staff,police complaints should also be lodged against the landowners and the builders,who unloaded their trucks at the site,” Mathkari said.

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