BMC spends Rs20 lakh, Rs5 lakh more than the cost limit, to buy new car for Mumbai mayor
The new car is a top model 2.4D-ZX 7S MT model of Innova Crysta, according to the record at the Tardeo RTO, where it was registered on October 4.mumbai Updated: Oct 10, 2017 09:41 IST
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has bought a new vehicle worth Rs19.91 lakh for city mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar. According to the rules, the cost limit for an official vehicle is Rs15 lakh.
The new car is a top model 2.4D-ZX 7S MT model of Innova Crysta, according to the record at the Tardeo RTO, where it was registered on October 4. The car has now been kept at the BMC’s Arthur Road garage for additional fitments, which will push up the vehicle’s price further.
Mahadeshwar said the official vehicle that he currently travels in, Mahindra XUV500, is in a bad shape. “The vehicle is in bad shape. I have pain in my waist and spinal cord for which I am seeking medical treatment,” he said.
Sources said the BMC paid almost double the price for a new car even though the previous one was less than four years old. The current official car for the mayor was bought during the tenure of former mayor Snehal Ambekar, for Rs10.40 lakh in the beginning of 2014.
Ravi Raja, leader of the Opposition, said being the first citizen, the Mumbai mayor certainly deserves a good car, but it should be according to the norms of the government or civic body. He also objected to a frequent change in cars.
“The taxpayer has to pay for the frequent change in cars. There should be some accountability,” he said.
“This is outrageous,” said GR Vora, citizen activist, “The mayor being the leader all the civic house should have set an example by using the existing car for as long as he could. He should have insisted on good practices rather than spending lavishly on himself.”
As the municipal body has bought the new vehicle running on diesel fuel, which is considered to be more polluting than petrol, environment activists have also objected to the new purchase.
“Around the world, cities are aiming to shift to electric vehicles in the next 2-3 decades. Possibly, the time was right the mayor to lead by example,” said environment and transport activist Rishi Agarwal.
Mahadeshwar, however, said the decision was taken entirely by the administration. Deputy municipal commissioner Vijay Balamwar told HT to contact executive engineer Bhagvatkar, while the latter refused to comment saying he is not authorised to speak to media.