The civic body has spent Rs21,475 crore on contracts for civic projects in Mumbai in the past five years, but hasn’t been able to solve many of the problems in the city, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said in a written reply to the Legislative Council.
Chavan was replying to a question raised by Congress legislator Rajan Teli on Wednesday. Teli had asked Chavan, who also heads the urban development department, on the lack of progress in civic works.
“In the past five years, despite spending so much money, the BMC has not been able to solve many major civic issues. Will you be taking action against people incharge of the projects? Why has the government not yet taken any action against them?” Teli questioned.
This is the second time the issue of civic contracts was raised in the council. The Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislators had also questioned contracts worth Rs2,100 crore that were allotted by the BMC two months before the civic elections were declared.
However, Chavan did not pull up the BMC for not finishing the projects on time or for failing to solve to the issues.
“From 2007-08 to 2011-12, the BMC has spent Rs21,475 on civic projects and have tried to improve the quality of civic services provided in Mumbai. However, considering the size of the city and equally big problems, they have not been able to solve several of the impending civic problems in the city. They are trying to solve the issues persistently,” Chavan said in the civic body’s defence.