IMC commissioner?s queries embarrass officials
MUNICIPAL COMMISSIONER Vinod Sharma on Friday offered subordinates a month?s grace period and warned of strict action against officials who failed to meet deadlines or targets after the deadline expired.india Updated: Feb 18, 2006 14:03 IST
MUNICIPAL COMMISSIONER Vinod Sharma on Friday offered subordinates a month’s grace period and warned of strict action against officials who failed to meet deadlines or targets after the deadline expired.
The warning came during the Commissioner’s introductory meet with Indore Municipal Corporation brass including Additional Commissioners Kumar Purshottam and Ramesh Bhandari, City Engineers HK Jain and Harbhajan Singh as well as heads of departments and zones.
Unlike in the past when such meetings were usually formal affairs, today’s gathering quickly settled down to business after the introductions were over.
The Commissioner expressed concern over the rapidly deteriorating water supply situation and sought to know what steps were being taken to meet the expected rise in demand over the next fortnight.
Sharma’s extensive grilling left Executive Engineer HN Tiwari red-faced especially when he failed to answer elementary questions regarding the quanta of water demand and the shortfall in supply.
Additional Commissioner (Revenue) Bhandari was next in line. Sharma asked the official to furnish a break-up of the revenue generation figures and demanded to know the cumulative outstanding amounts for the present fiscal.
In the face of some searching queries a red-faced Bhandari admitted that his department had failed to effectively carry out its brief ad asked to be granted some time to improve collections and set fresh targets.
The Commissioner then turned his attention to City Engineer HK Jain who was asked probing questions on how the Corporation intended to bankroll phase II of the Bond Road scheme. Upon being told that the IMC would raise the money from municipal bonds the Commissioner queried, “But what if you fail to generate the funds like the last time?”
A retort that left both Jain and Engineer Anoop Goyal at a loss for words. Sharma also demanded to know from City Engineer (Building Permission) why the second instalment of the Rs 4.5 crore loan from the Central Zoo Authority for upgrading facilities at Kamla Nehru zoological park had not arrived yet.