If you have dispute with the civic body over property tax calculations or illegal constructions and are worried about a delay in resolving it, you are not alone. There are 90,086 court dispute cases between the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the citizens that are pending in various courts.
Data obtained from the BMC's legal department , shows that till October 10, 56,994 cases are pending in the metropolitan magistrate courts. Over 16,000 cases are pending in the high court.
The cases include disputes over property tax, illegal construction and public interest litigations filed by citizens in which the civic body is has been named as a party.
Civic law committee members said the large number of pending cases reflected the failure of the legal department. Over 70% of the cases that are disposed of, go against the BMC, the members added, leading to a loss of Rs50 crore annually.
According to statistics, the BMC is second only to the state government in terms of total number of litigations.
Civic officials said the law officers are not doing their work diligently and end up getting a stay on a majority of the cases.
Officials from the legal department said they are understaffed and each lawyer attends to around 10 cases a day.
Rajiv Chougule, chairman of the law committee said the cases are piling up also because the BMC is an easy target. "Once all the posts are filled up, the burden on the existing staff members will decrease and efficiency will increase," said Chougule.