Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is amongst the richest Municipal Corporations in the country and is flushed with money. In reply to an RTI query, RTI Activist Anil Galgali was informed by the Administration of BMC that it has spent Rs 120 crore on the repairs and renovation on BMC Headquarter.
Repairs and renovation works are regularly carried out at BMC headquarters. Galgali was informed that during the period 2008 to 2012 the building construction department has spent Rs 120.61 crore. Out of this amount, Rs 111.73 crore was paid to M/s Construction Technique, M/s Glass Sensation, M/s Skyway Infraprojects Private Limited, and M/s Shandaar Interiors Private Limited while Rs 8.87 crore is still unpaid.
For its main building, the work list was jointly prepared by M/s Abha Narayan Lamba Associates, M/s S J K Architecture, M/s Shashi Prabhu, and Associates included stone wall reinstallation, strengthening and protection of wooden pillars of the passage and staircase and repair work of the roof. This work was given to M/s Construction Technique for Rs 7,31,17,805 in 2008.
Work for reinstallation of glass at the main building was approved in 2010 and given to M/s Glass Sensations for Rs 82,52,909. In 2011, M/s Shandaar Interiors Private Limited was paid Rs 68.77 crores for Renovation. This included work carried out at the extension of the main building. M/s Skyway Infraprojects Private Limited was paid around Rs 43.7 crore for renovations at the main building in 2002.Apart from this the money paid to consultant and architect has not yet been made public.
“Repair and renovation work though essential; the amount of Rs 120 crores seems quite high. The works could have been carried out at lower cost,” Galgali said. He further added, “In a letter to the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, I have asked for an independent audit of expenses as inflated expenditures cannot be ruled out.”