BMC coughing up Rs 2.32 cr annually
ALTHOUGH IT often cries foul over lack of funds, Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been happily paying electricity bills for over 200 tube-wells and other electrical installations that are non-functional. Not only this, the BMC is also paying some bills for usage that is private or under other agencies like Capital Project Administration or other departments. All this has cost about Rs 2.32 crore per year to the BMC?s kitty.india Updated: Feb 03, 2006 01:35 IST
ALTHOUGH IT often cries foul over lack of funds, Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been happily paying electricity bills for over 200 tube-wells and other electrical installations that are non-functional. Not only this, the BMC is also paying some bills for usage that is private or under other agencies like Capital Project Administration or other departments. All this has cost about Rs 2.32 crore per year to the BMC’s kitty.
The findings of a four-month long inquiry conducted by the BMC have startled authorities. Surprisingly, BMC officials have not paid heed to this misuse of public money so far. The report has said there could be more such electricity bills, which belong to other agencies or individuals.
According to the inquiry report, in most of these 246 irregular electricity connections, tube-wells have not been used since months and in some cases since years. Electricity bills of a tube-well installed at Bhopal Talkies Square and another at Motia Talab are being paid regularly despite the fact that these have been non-functional for the last five years and 10 years respectively. Similarly, the Kamla Park tube-well and fountain have been non-functional for the past many years.
The inquiry found that the BMC had been paying bills for 100 non-functional tube-wells in areas under Bhopal North division of Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board (MPSEB).
Tube-wells at Gali Kali Dhoban, Hanumanganj Jumerati, Categorised Market, BMC office at Quazi Camp, Soni Bhawan in Tila Jamalpura, near Kinara Complex on VIP Road, Ravidaspura in Shahejahanabad, Ansari Hotel in Chhaoni etc under Bhopal North Division area are being used by the individuals.
Surprisingly, the bills of many non-existent tube-wells are being regularly paid by the BMC. The inquiry officer found that there were no tube-wells at KMC Lodge Gali-3 in Chhaoni, Bal Vihar Road, Rajgarh Colony at Chhola Naka, Police Chowki Narialkheda etc.
It was found that tube-well at Tonga Stand Shahejahanabad was being used for washing vehicles. Under Bhopal South Division of MPSEB, BMC has been paying several bills belong to CPA. The bills for CPA owned fountains at Shaymla Hills, MLB Girls Hostel, MLB Hostel at Professor Colony, Prempura, Khatlapura, E-2 of Arera Colony, MVM College etc are being paid BMC. The BMC is also paying the bills of four tube-wells in CPA owned Priyadarshini Park.
The BMC is also paying bills of some other tube-wells that belong to CPA and BDA in this area apart from paying electricity
bills of about 70 non-functional or non-existent tube-wells under Bhopal East Division of MPSEB. Several fountains
including at Mangalwara Square, Bharat Talkies, Moti Masjid Fountain, Agrasen Square, GAD Crossing are closed but the BMC has been regularly paying the electricity bills. Moreover, meters on many of 246 tube-wells or fountains are non-functional thus average electricity bills are being paid. When asked, Mayor Sunil Sood said action was being taken on this report.