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Water woes top civic chief’s agenda

City’s new municipal commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya (52) has promised that he wouldn’t buckle under any political pressure.

mumbai Updated: Dec 05, 2009 01:21 IST
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City’s new municipal commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya (52) has promised that he wouldn’t buckle under any political pressure.

“I won’t succumb to any pressure — be it from political parties in the state or the civic body,” Kshatriya said in his first press conference after taking the charge on Friday.

A day before Kshatriya joined, a violent protest against water cuts saw one die near the civic headquarters on Thursday.

“Water and financial crisis is top on my agenda,” said Kshatriya.

An officer of the 1980 Indian Administrative Service batch, Kshatriya is considered to be a close confidant of Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.

He was Chavan’s principal secretary before being appointed civic chief.

The Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party combine has been ruling the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation for 15 years. Hence, the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party is making desperate efforts to topple the saffron rulers in the next municipal polls to be held after two years.

He indicated that strong action would be taken against the water mafia and other water-related thefts that create an artificial water shortage in the city.

“I will act within the framework of law in favour of the common people,” he said.

He said he would try to get the civic body out of the financial crunch. “I will ensure that important infrastructure projects don’t get affected by cash crunch.”

The civic body has sunk deep in the financial crisis after it received 10 per cent less octroi collection and was hit by the global downturn.

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has undertaken projects such as BRIMSTOWAD, Middle Vaitarna dam and pipeline replacement for better water supply and sewerage.