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Probe report made public before municipal chief gets it

A day after BJP leader Vikas Mathkari made public a probe report indicting 32 civic staff of neglecting their duty of keeping a check on illegal dumping of debris in the Mula-Mutha river basin along Sangamwadi...

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
July 27, 2009 2:17:46 am

A day after BJP leader Vikas Mathkari made public a probe report indicting 32 civic staff of neglecting their duty of keeping a check on illegal dumping of debris in the Mula-Mutha river basin along Sangamwadi,Municipal Commissioner Mahesh Zagade on Sunday said he had not received any such report.

He added that he was not aware as to how the report had became public.

“I have so far not received the inquiry report. Hence,I cannot comment on it,” Zagade said when asked about the possible action on 32 civic staff who were held responsible for negligence.

The municipal commissioner said that he was not in a position to reply on how the inquiry report was made public.

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“It’s serious that the report is out before being submitted to me. How it happened is a big question,” Zagade said.

“The fact is I have not received the report so far,” he reiterated,adding that the civic body will take appropriate action against the civic staff held responsible for neglecting duty.

BJP leader Vikas Mathkari had made the report public at a press conference on Saturday. He had sought action against the civic staff whose negligence led to dumping of debris in the Mula-Mutha river basin.

Last month,the PMC chief had appointed a special inquiry committee headed by Deputy Commissioner K C Karkar to look into the matter on the basis of media reports that illegal dumping was being done in the river basin.

Making the report public,Mathkari had said that 32 civic staff,including three zonal commissioners and two ward officers,were either directly or indirectly held responsible for the illegal dumping of debris. “A police complaint should be lodged against those held responsible in the report or else the BJP would lodge complaints against the civic staff,” Mathkari had said.

The PMC had also issued a showcause notice to the zonal commissioners saying why action should not be taken against them for failing to perform their duties and taking action against those dumping debris into the river. Mathkari had also informed that around 850 truckloads of debris have been lifted from the river basin so far at a cost of over Rs 50 lakh.

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