The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) passed 71 proposals within 45 minutes on Wednesday, December 21, in the Standing Committee meeting, without much discussion.
Yashodhar Phanse, Chairman of the Standing Committee in BMC, read out the proposals that were listed in the agenda of the previous standing committee meeting. A total of 71 proposals were passed on the same day. On a side note, if you were to do the maths, each proposal took an average of 50 seconds to be passed.
During the meet, many committee members raised an issue on the number of pending proposals and also that the proposals were getting approved without much discussion. Phanse overlooked the issue, saying it will be addressed in the next meeting meet in the presence of the officers responsible for the projects.
In 2015-2016, BMC has passed a budget of Rs 33,514 crore from which only 35% to 40% has been utilised till date; many major projects are still pending. According to one of the standing committee members, the new BMC election code of conduct will come into force on January 5, 2017, and there isn’t enough time for any major work to take place.
Asif Zakaria, a Congress Corporator and also a standing committee member, said, “Since the last two to three years, there has been no announcement of any major projects, and even if there was, it has only been on paper.”
He further added, “The civic body budgets, year after year, are merely a feel-good factor because many proposals are passed without any discussion, just the way it happened today. I don’t think the civic body is really serious about any project, and if they aren’t they should appoint a project officer who sees to it that the work is completed in particular time frame.”