THE BHOPAL Municipal Corporation (BMC) administration recently issued a circular to all heads of the departments, asking for information on the proposals approved by the mayor-in-council or the general council in violation of rules or going against the BMC or citizens’ interests.
The circular was issued following directives of the Urban Administration Department’s letter to all urban bodies in this regard about a month back. The department had told the BMC to send information about all unlawful proposals approved by the MiC or the council. Such proposals included those against the interest of the citizens or the local body.
Of late, the BMC general council or the MiC approved several proposals that harmed the interests of the BMC. Under Section 12 of the MiC/president-in-council business conduct rules, the municipal commissioners, CMOs of municipality and the CEOs of nagar panchayats have powers to review such proposals. The department had warned that strict disciplinary action would be taken against the municipal commissioners or the CEOs in case they fail to act as per the rules.
In one such proposal related to the development of MP Nagar, the Lokayukta had served notices to the corporators and some officials. In this case, the BMC general council had rejected the tenders of lower rates of work in MP Nagar Zone-II. Later, the BMC council approved tenders of higher rates for the similar work.
Similarly, the BMC council rejected the proposals of water tax hike on three occasions without considering the interests of BMC. The BMC spends over Rs 45 crore on water supply and earns only Rs 12 crore from water tax. This makes it necessary for the BMC to hike water tax to meet the water supply expenses. Besides, water tax rationalisation is also a condition for the Asian Development Bank loan.
In another case of misuse by the majority in the BMC council, BJP corporators had approved the discretionary quota worth Rs 66 lakh for the BMC chairman and Rs four lakh each to the alderman (appointed corporator).