Officials to face 50% salary cut if projects delayed: BMC circular

Published: Aug 22, 2019, 15:07 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

The municipal body also issued a circular to civic contractors, directing them to keep with the deadlines or face 20 per cent pay cut

Stock photo of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation
Stock photo of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation

In a bid to ensure timely completion of civic works, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) chief Praveen Pardeshi has recently issued a circular asking the officials to get the projects done keeping with the deadlines or else be prepared to lose 50 per cent of their pay.

Apart from the officials, the circular also warned civic contractors that if they failed to meet the deadline, they would also lose 20 per cent of the project cost.

"Pardeshi issued the circular last week, in which he asked the municipal officials engaged in supervising projects to get the works done within the deadline or else they will lose their salary by 50 per cent," a senior civic official informed on Thursday.

"The contractors have also been warned that they would lose 20 per cent of the project cost if they fail to meet the deadline. The circular said the reasons cited by the officers and contractors for not meeting the project deadlines are unconvincing and very frivolous," he added.

The circular issued by the civic chief would work as a deterrent and motivate the officials, especially the engineers to complete the projects within the deadlines, he said. The move has been welcomed by activists, who said it would benefit everyone and help fix the responsibility.

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RTI activist Anil Galgali, who has exposed several cases related to alleged corruption in the cash-rich BMC, told PTI, "The civic body spends over Rs 10,000 crore every year on public works, but it has hardly met the deadline of any project."

"On the contrary, the projects are deliberately delayed to escalate its cost. This happens due to unholy nexus between engineers and contractors. Hope this initiative to cut salary would work and break the nexus," he added.

With inputs from PTI

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