The next time you see roads dug up in your locality or potholes in a state of disrepair, you will be able to check the status, or progress, of the work/project carried out by the civic body.
The official website of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will soon display all work orders issued to contractors, including ward level civil works. Not just that, the BMC plans to provide an effective check on builders by uploading information pertaining to construction permissions given to them.
“This will bring in transparency. The process of upgradation of the website has been going on so that it can carry all the details,” said Subodh Kumar, former municipal commissioner, on his last day in office on Monday.
While the civic body is yet to decide on a time frame, civic and housing activists have welcomed the move. “Flat buyers can check what the builder is exactly offering. At times, the builder shows a number of things in the layout such as swimming pools and parks, but they do not materialise. Making information available on the website would certainly help,” said JB Patel, an activist who works on housing matters.
However, some say the move needs to be complemented with a better complaint redressal mechanism so that citizens’ complaints can be taken cognisance of. “While empowering citizens with information is a massive step forward, there needs to be a better mechanism to receive citizens’ complaints too when they report irregularities,” said activist Krishnaraj Rao.
“If the information should be made available before the monsoon, the work on cleaning of nullahs can be checked. The details need to be updated on time and specifics of contracts should be put up in a way that the lay person can understand,” said Rajkumar Sharma, coordinator, Action for good Governance and Networking in India (AGNI).