A day after Municipal Corporation Chief Swadheen Kshatriya claimed that the civic body had desilted 95 per cent of the drains, city Congress Chief Kripashankar Singh on Thursday met the former and rubbished their claims.
Slamming the Shiv Sena-ruled civic body’s monsoon preparedness, Singh said the BMC was rain ready, “but only on paper.”
Singh along with other Congress leaders like Congress MP Eknath Gaikwad and Congress MLAs Amin Patel, Ashok Jadhav and Bhai Jagtap met Kshatriya, to present their suggestions on “making the city better prepared for the rains.”
In a direct jibe at Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray’s survey of the nullahs, Singh said, “Our elected representatives didn’t do an aerial survey, but walked up the nullahs and got a taste of reality.” Thackeray, along with Kshatriya and Mayor Shraddha Jadhav had done an aerial survey last Saturday, to check desilting work.
Singh also demanded for Rs 100 crore to be allocated for emergency works during monsoons, which includes filling potholes.
“The civic body has allocated Rs 25 crore to carry out emergency works at the ward level during the monsoons.”
Rebutting allegations, Standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale said that Singh doesn’t have the technical expertise to make such a demand.
“A budgetary provision of Rs 25 crore was made after the Roads department made a request for the amount. How can Singh disagree with engineers of that department and speak for them?”
Claiming that the desilting work will be crosschecked, Shewale said that he has ordered the vigilance department to crosscheck the work done by the contractors.