The next time you want to keep tabs on the quality of work on an important civic project in the city, your physical presence won’t be required to do so.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to upload photographs of all its ongoing as well as completed projects on its website, www.mcgm.gov.in, for citizens to view.
Sources said the project should take off within 4 weeks. The civic body also wants to to increase the transparency in the way civic payments and projects are handled through this move.
Said a senior civic official, not wishing to be named said that taking such photographs was standard operating procedure anyway. Most projects have a mandatory condition necessitating contractors to periodically submit photographs of the work done and also at the end of the project, he added.
“All we have to do is to upload these photographs and let the public view them.” These photographs are an important part of the final inspections before paying contractors for their work.
Additional municipal commissioner Rajiv Jalota said that the details of the project were still being worked out. “Such a project will also help officials to keep a tab on ongoing projects, in case it isn’t always possible to visit the site. It will help us increase the transparency as well as help in keeping a tab on works.”
Officials in the Information Technology (IT) department said that the modalities of the project were being worked out.
A senior civic official observed that both the projects whose photographs would be uploaded, and the duration for which they would stay online would have to be vetted first. “We can’t keep all those photographs on the website, forever.”
Juhu-based activist Utsal Karani, who has been campaigning for more transparency in civic issues, welcomed the idea, stating this would also increase public participation in civic affairs.
“If the civic body is regular about such an initiative, it will create more transparency. The onus would then be on the public to go and check the real status of work and make use of such a facility. “