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Ex-additional civic commissioner might face inquiry over potholes

The ex-additional municipal commissioner of the civic body Aseem Gupta, who is now the municipal commissioner in Thane, might face an inquiry over the deplorable condition of roads in Mumbai.

Aseem Gupta

The Sena-ruled civic body believes that Gupta is responsible for the pothole-ridden roads in the city. Rahul Shewale, the BMC’s standing committee chairman, has written to the Chief Secretary (CS) of the state government, asking that an enquiry be set up against him and other officers responsible for the roads. The action comes after a high court notice pulling up the BMC over the many potholes on the city’s roads.

In the letter, blame is assigned to the former additional commissioner for introducing redundant technologies to fix the potholed roads, thus wasting the BMC’s funds. The letter also mentions that immediate action should be taken against the officers found guilty and all the officers concerned with the roads department should be included in the enquiry.

Shewale said that it was Gupta who initially introduced the hot mix technology, and then replaced it with cold mix. He also alleges that the companies he referred to the BMC didn’t do quality work. “If the administration doesn’t work, we will not tolerate it. We will take all the necessary actions against the same. Hence, I have written to the CS hoping he can help us with the inquiry so that no other IAS officer does this to our roads,” Shewale said.

Significantly, all the ideas and proposals passed by Gupta were finally approved by Shewale, as he is the head of the standing committee. Dnyanraj Nikam, Opposition leader in the BMC, said, “Shewale is the same chairman who had passed most of the road-related proposals and now he is blaming the AMC. Instead of playing the blame game, he should follow things up with the administration.”

I am right: Gupta
“I am happy with the technologies that we had introduced. It was a collective decision made by the standing committee. I don’t understand why I am being blamed now. If there was a problem, they could have stopped the work and not passed the proposals tabled by me. I don’t mind an inquiry as I am right,” said Gupta . 

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