While Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and his colleagues recently completed a tour of three nations, his government has reportedly not given permission to the corporators for attending the International Water Week programme in Singapore.
The corporators will now attend the programme at their “own cost”.
The proposal was sent by the Sena-BJP led Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
The corporators said the invitation had come to them from the programme organisers.
The BMC had sent the proposal to the urban development department of Maharashtra government for clearance, which is still awaited.
Since the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) is taking place in Singapore from June 28 to July 2 and there is no time to wait further, the civic team has now decided to attend the tour at their own cost.
Sources said the BMC delegation includes Municipal Commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya, Mayor Shraddha Jadhav, Deputy Mayor Shailaja Girkar, Standing Committee Chairman Rahul Shewale, Opposition leader Rajhans Singh and a few corporators.
SIWW is the global platform for water solutions where policymakers, industry leaders, experts and practitioners come together to address challenges, showcase technologies and discover business opportunities.
“The focus of the event will be on the need for efficiency and cost effective solutions to address water issues in an increasingly complex urban environment,” a senior bureaucrat said requesting anonymity.
“We could study the numerous options available globally and choose the best for Mumbai,” a corporator said.
“If we had gone through the government, the cost would have been Rs 3.5 lakh per head. But if we go at our cost, it is turning out to be cheaper at around Rs 80,000 per head.
Therefore, we have deci ded to go at our own cost and not at the municipal corporation’s expense,” said Rahul Shewale, standing committee chairperson.