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RTI activist urges MMRDA to clear BMC’s pending bill

Anil galgali

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has incurred Rs. 2.77 Crore for sweeping streets under jurisdiction of State body “Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority” (MMRDA). RTI Activist Anil Galgali has appealed to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who heads the cash-rich MMRDA, to clear these dues along with interest.

Galgali had filed a RTI application for obtaining information pertaining to the details of cleaning of Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). Solid waste management department of the civic body informed Galgali that mechanised broom is being used for cleaning BKC and KBA Infrastructure & Cleantech Pvt. Ltd. BMC’s H-East ward office had undertaken the task of cleaning of Bandra-Kurla Complex from 25th May 2014 onwards for a daily fee of Rs 29,007. This arrangement valid for five years also provided for additional 15% supervisory charges, with a provision of 5% yearly increment on all dues. MMRDA has failed to clear the dues and the pending bill for 891 days has now piled up to Rs 2,76,73,918.

“All queries on payment of pending payment by H-East ward office have been stonewalled by the engineering department of MMRDA. The Chief Engineer has not even shown the courtesy of a formal reply to four reminders sent by BMC officials,” said Galgali.

In a letter addressed to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Galgali has demanded action against the Chief Engineer and urged for prompt payment of dues along with interest to the civic body.

“MMRDA has been earning crores of rupees from BKC, with BMC led team toiling hard to keep it clean. It won’t hurt the cash-rich MMRDA to reimburse the pending bills of the civic body,” he added.

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