For the first time in its history, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to fine consultants for bad quality of work and for missing deadlines.
Consultants are professional experts who work in various fields appointed by the civic body to give suggestions for all kinds of civic work — administrative and public utilities work — before they are handed over to the contractor for implementation.
For instance, if civic officials are unhappy with the way the consultants have dealt with the pothole problem in the city, they will hold them responsible and fine them.
The BMC’s standing committee stepped up measures to hold consultants accountable to raise its standard of work in the civic body.
“Consultants will now be accountable and will have to pay a fine for shoddy work or delay in completion of work,” said BMC Standing Committee Chairman Rahul Shewale.
Consultants are professional experts who work in various fields appointed by the civic body, to suggest the best methods for civic work before they are handed over to the contractor for implementation.
The civic standing committee will now frame guidelines to make them accountable.
They will not only be held responsible for all the data that they submit and the quality of work, but will also be fined for shoddy work.
In case of delay, the consultants will have to pay a fine of 0.50 per cent of the total fees from the project, per week.
“In case of more complaints, the contract with the consultants will be cancelled and they will be blacklisted,” added Shewale.