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Tried to bring financial discipline in civic body

india Updated: May 01, 2012 02:08 IST
Kunal Purohit

One of your key initiatives was to reform the way building permissions are granted. Why did you narrow down on this aspect?
In the first few months, when I saw some of the building proposal files, I found different projects came with different built-up area, although they had the same FSI. This arbitrary use of FSI had to stop. Private parties were reaping benefits from extra construction of built-up area, but BMC didn’t get anything out of it. That will change.

Corporators often complained that you were antagonistic towards them.
For either work contracts or development funds, the money spent is not X’s or Y’s, they are the city’s funds, and hence, have to be spent wisely. I have always consulted corporators.

Looking back, what do you believe were your biggest focus points?
That is for you to judge, I have tried to ensure greater transparency in the way decisions are made by trying to reduce discretionary powers of officials, trying to bring in financial discipline as well as a long-term vision for the civic body.