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Massive diesel saving as KMC boss cracks whip

NO SOONER did Municipal Commissioner Badal Chatterjee crack the whip, the KMC has been able to save about 2000 litres of diesel per day. Though the saving on one hand has reduced the burden on the KMC, on the other hand, it only proves a serious point: earlier, diesel was being misused.

india Updated: Jun 03, 2006 00:11 IST

NO SOONER did Municipal Commissioner Badal Chatterjee crack the whip, the KMC has been able to save about 2000 litres of diesel per day. Though the saving on one hand has reduced the burden on the KMC, on the other hand, it only proves a serious point: earlier, diesel was being misused.

Something has been going wrong in the KMC for a long time, it seems. Reason: Even after saving 2000 litres of diesel, the dumpers and loaders continue to ply with the same pace and working in the same capacity.

The entire exercise was a consequence of Municipal Commissioner Badal Chatterjee’s vehicle being refused fuel by petrol pump owners due to long-pending bills. According to the KMC officials, one petrol pump had to be given about Rs 2.62 crore, while the other petrol pump had to be given Rs 1.48 crore.

It was only when Chatterjee assured them of payment in installments that petrol pumps resumed services to the KMC. In the meantime, municipal commissioner Badal Chatterjee deputed an employee at the Naubasta crossing to check the number of vehicles plying in the city for garbage clearing. He also directed that no fuel bill if presented without the recommendation of Assistant Nagar Swastha Adhikari, would be passed.

A total of 80 dumpers ply in the city to lift garbage dump from various places in the city. The arrangement of deputing an employee finally came into existence on May 31. Since then, according to the KMC sources, 2000 litres diesel per day was being saved by the KMC. Suspended Municipal Commissioner Arvind Singh had also mooted a similar proposal, which, however, could not be put into practice.