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No action by BMC a month after 6,000 files go missing

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 18, 2013
First Published: 10:00 IST(18/7/2013) | Last Updated: 10:05 IST(18/7/2013)

A month after civic data revealed that around 6,000 files from the building proposals department had gone missing, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has failed to initiate a plan of action against the officials and bureaucrats responsible.

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However, the administration has claimed that 230 files have already been reconstructed.

The civic standing committee had adjourned the meeting in early July and demanded that action be initiated immediately; however, no initiative was taken by the administration when it met the committee on Wednesday.

“This is very lackadaisical on the part of the administration to not initiate action against the officials responsible. Several companies are duplicating ward offices’ stamps so that they can manipulate the files. Despite such serious offences, the administration is not willing to curb the problem,” said Kishori Pednekar, corporator and committee member.

Rajeev Kuknur, chief engineer, building proposals department said that these files may be lost as they are generally kept inside other files. “We are obtaining duplicate copies of the files from the water and assessment departments. However, it is difficult to reconstruct files prepared before 1991.”

The committee had demanded a probe by the Crimina Investigation Department (CID) and a NARCO test on the errant officers.

In its June 14 edition, HT had reported that 5,997 files relating to buildings in the eastern and western suburbs were missing from different offices of the department, which deals with permissions for such projects.

Mohan Adtani, additiona municipal commissioner, BMC said, “Next week, we will be submitting the entire information about the missing files and the departments concerned.”


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