With the forthcoming Lok Sabha election code of conduct looming large, the ruling Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) rushed to clear pending proposals for funds.
Within a span of four-and-a half-hours, the Standing Committee cleared civic work costs of over Rs 1,250 crore.
The meeting that started at 3 pm, went on till 7.30 pm with the members passing over 60 proposals of civic works - mostly contracts.
This could be driven by the fact that once the code of conduct for parliamentary election is imposed, the civic body will not be able to clear any new proposals.
The first and biggest proposal was over Rs 1,000 crore. Under Brihanmumbai Storm Water Drain project the municipal corporation has decided to widen and reconstruct drains in the western and eastern suburbs to avoid a repeat of the 2005 deluge.
The civic administration has proposed work costs of Rs 538.35 crore in the western suburbs and Rs 498.6 crore in the eastern.
As a part of computerisation, connecting various ward offices by Internet, BMC has proposed to appoint Tata Consultancy Services for the work contract worth Rs 83 crore, at the same time installing new hardware to clear files of building proposal department, contract allotted worth Rs 1.42 crore.
The committee cleared both proposals.
In order to create a world-class Olympic swimming pool in the city, it was proposed to reconstruct Mahatma Gandhi Memorial swimming pool at Dadar, which costs Rs 39 crore.
Also development and beautification of one of the Shivaji Park playgrounds with Rs 2.28 crore will take place in the next few days.
Ravindra Waikar, Standing Committee chairman said: “With elections around the corner, the city will soon have to stop developmental projects because of the code of conduct. We can hold meetings after the code of conduct is imposed, but cannot pass contracts. So we have cleared all proposals in a hurry.”