Street furniture may not deck up all roads
BMC is about to terminate the services of two of the seven companies it had shortlisted. This leaves the civic body with only one company, which has been confirmed as part of the project. The company will be incharge of zone III, which consists of Bandra, Khar, Santacruz and parts of Andheri.mumbai Updated: Oct 12, 2011 01:58 IST
In what could be a major setback to the ruling Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine, the much-touted street furniture project has hit a roadblock.
The civic body is about to terminate the services of two of the seven companies it had shortlisted. This leaves the civic body with only one company, which has been confirmed as part of the project. The company will be incharge of zone III, which consists of Bandra, Khar, Santacruz and parts of Andheri.
This means that the project which was supposed to be seen on streets across the city will now be seen only in a couple of areas of Bandra.
The delay, however, is bound to upset the Sena's plans. The party had been hoping that the project would become one of its big-ticket showcase achievements in the upcoming civic elections. But the delay in finalising modalities means that the Sena may have to go with a partial implementation of the project.
Admitting that it would have been ideal if the project had hit the streets before the elections, a Sena corporator said, "We have been trying to get the project implemented, especially because it will make a visible difference on the streets."
The project, which began in 2008, has been mired in controversy for various reasons. Almost four years later, the BMC signed agreements with two of the seven shortlisted companies, out of which one is being shown the door.
This will affect the affect the Marine Drive refurbishment as the firm was incharge of zone-I, which includes the island city areas.
The second company was not handed any specific zone.
"We've had to terminate the services of two companies for different reasons. We are trying to implement the project in the rest of the zones," said Aseem Gupta, additional municipal commissioner.
A civic official, on condition of anonymity, said, "The project is very tough to carry out. In many areas where it is to be implemented, the BMC has already granted licences to outdoor agencies for advertising. Hence, we have had to wait for their terms to expire."
First Published: Oct 12, 2011 01:56 IST