The BMC has come out with a fresh set of guidelines to monitor local-level civil work done by contractors. The measures will be part of the new system that the BMC is set to implement from October 22, and will alter the way contracts are allotted.
An internal note written by a senior civic official in March had pointed to rampant corruption in these works.
A major obstruction in the implementation of these works was the lack of supervision over these works, the note said. Taking heed, the BMC has planned a series of measures, which include greater citizen participation in the supervision process.
To start with, you will be able to see photographic evidence of the work done. "We will be uploading the photos before and after the work is done. This will help ensure greater checks on the contractor, as these photos will be open for citizens to see," said additional municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta.
Pleased with the success of having third-party auditors for roadwork in the city, the BMC also plans to appoint a third-party auditor to review local-level works at random. "The computer will select 10% of all works carried out on a random basis. These will be inspected by the audit agency," said additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar. In addition, another 10% of the work will be inspected by the BMC's own vigilance department, which is supposed to be the watchdog for every civic project in the city.
The internal note had also pointed to how most work remains on paper. To change this, the civic body plans to put all details of each civic project, along with details of the location and the contractor who carried out the work.
"This will ensure that any citizen can see the actual site of the work and verify whether the work happened satisfactorily," Gupta said.