Thirty per cent of the seats in the hydraulic department of the municipal corporation are vacant.
According to the data available with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), of the 1,030 scheduled posts in the water department, 300 posts are vacant.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has threatened to launch an agitation against the BMC if the posts in the hydraulic department are not filled within 15 days. BJP members said the short-staffed department is facing problems attending to grievances.
The data shows that the most vacancies are for junior engineers’ post. The junior engineer’s job is to address the complaints about thefts, leakages and faulty lines.
“Currently, the water situation is satisfactory, lakes have overflowed and there is enough water. But still there are a few areas which don’t get water properly due to leaks or theft. Without proper service or management, how will the distribution of water be effective?” asked BJP leader and corporator Ashish Shelar.
“If the BMC does not fill the posts within two weeks, we will launch a protest.”