Nearly 4,200 engineers from all departments of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) have threatened to go on strike from Friday if the police and civic body fail to take action against the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) corporators who humiliated the chief engineer of the roads department. The administrative work was shut on Thursday too.
MNS corporators Sandeep Deshpande and Santosh Dhuri on Wednesday called Sanjay Darade on the pretext of inspecting a site in Dadar and forced him to carry a placard saying he was responsible for all potholes on a road in Dadar.
The strike by engineers would mean slowing down of work across departments. In the absence of engineers, the potholes on roads, too, won’t get filled. The engineers met municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta to submit their resignations in protest. “I will look into the matter. I have requested the police department to take action,” said Mehta, after the meeting. They also held a protest march at Worli, from where the engineering department works. “We will be in our offices, but administrative work won’t be carried out,” said an engineer. “All engineers have submitted their resignation to the commissioner. We will go on strike from Friday if no action is taken,” said advocate Sukhdev Kashid, secretary, BMC engineers’ union.
Darade filed a police complaint against Darade on Thursday. An FIR was lodged against Deshpande, Dhuri and other MNS workers for criminal intimidation and wrongful restraint.