While his party has been targeting the Shiv Sena by alleging corruption in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Monday praised the civic body’s work on the upgraded disaster management unit and the sewerage treatment plant at Colaba.
Fadnavis’ praise came at an event where he inaugurated the newly upgraded disaster management unit in the civic headquarters along with Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, ministers Subhash Desai and Vinod Tawde and Yuva Sena president Aditya Thackeray, among other leaders.
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“The much-required disaster management system for a city like Mumbai has been set up by the BMC. The 5,000 CCTV cameras in the city are connected to the unit and will help control traffic and crime. It will also help alert related agencies during disasters, man-made or natural,” said Fadnavis.
He added that the various works, projects and schemes being undertaken by the BMC need to be appreciated. “The BMC’s sewerage treatment plant at Colaba is a far-sighted project which will make the city’s seashore clean. If a network of such projects is developed across the city, it will help protect marine life,” said Fadnavis.
Last week, the Sena carried out the “bhoomipujan” of the plant without the BJP, saying Fadnavis did not give time despite repeated requests.
Uddhav said the BMC’s work had been acknowledged by the UN in 2011. “The Sena-BJP alliance has carried out such works in the last 20 years. Now, it will be printed, saying these projects are being inaugurated ahead of the polls. Since we are in power, we will carry out such inaugurations in the coming two months,” said Uddhav, adding that it was good that the chief minister was inquiring to help the BMC and appreciating its work.
He said awareness should be created among citizens, including school students, about what should be done during disasters.
Fadnavis and Uddhav sharing the dais assumes significance ahead of the civic polls as city BJP leaders have been consistently targeting the Sena over alleged corruption in the BMC for more than a year. BJP leaders, who are keen to fight the civic polls solo, have attacked the Sena on various issues, including the de-silting scam, dumping ground issue and road scam, among others.
Civic chief Ajoy Mehta said the litigation management system too had been inaugurated, which will now track all the legal cases of the civic body pending for many years. “In all, there are 70,000 cases pending in the city’s 11 courts, in which the BMC is either the petitioner or respondent. Everyday, hearings on at least 1,500 cases take place. We spend around Rs 65 crore every year on lawyers’ fees apart from Rs 25 crore paid to senior counsels. The new system will help track the cases,” he said.