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Law grads to help BMC fight dengue

The lawyers will be paid 5% to 10% of the fines collected

mumbai Updated: Oct 01, 2016 22:23 IST
Chetna Yerunkar
The young law graduates will help the BMC speed up legal procedures, including serving notices to book the violators.
The young law graduates will help the BMC speed up legal procedures, including serving notices to book the violators. (HT File Photo)

In its crackdown against people in whose houses mosquito breeding spots have been detected, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will hire young law graduates to speed up the legal procedures, including serving notices, to book the violators.

In the monthly review meeting on Saturday, civic chief Ajoy Mehta directed the legal department to find such law graduates by paying them remuneration for their work.

While the fines collected from violators range from Rs2,000 to Rs 10,000, the remuneration for new lawyers will range from 5% to 10% of the fines collected, said sources.

Meamwhile, a scam-hit BMC has finally released the tender reforms to bring in transparency in contracts.

Besides geo-tagging, the BMC is looking to introduce uniform tender conditions and streamlining of the defect liability period, which refers to contractors’ responsibility to repair a completed project within a fixed period.

BMC’s bid for greater transparency

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has finally released the reforms to the tender conditions that are expected to bring in transparency to various contracts given out by the civic body. This has been in the pipeline since the storm water drains’ desilting scam and road scam shook the civic body last year and early this year.

Apart from geo-tagging all the works that will be given out on contracts, civic body has also relaxed several clauses to attract more bidders. The civic body is also looking at implementing uniform tender conditions for all its departments and uniformity in the defect liability period (DLP) for contractors. The DLP is now rationalised, also providing comfort to contractors by releasing the deposits at regular intervals. The BMC will also be giving earnest money deposits and additional security deposits to unsuccessful bidders within three days.

The civic body published standard bidding document on BMC website. One of the civic officials requesting anonymity said, “We are looking at rationalising penalty on unsatisfactory progress of work. The contractors will be now given maximum 10% variation from the project cost, to make it more controllable and avoid unanticipated expenses.”