The BMC administration is reportedly insisting on spending around Rs 2.25 crore on purchase of teakwood chairs and tables for teachers in the civic schools. It is to be mentioned here that students in civic schools are being supplied eco-friendly benches and desks for their seating purposes.
According to information, the BMC had invited tenders for supply of teakwood chairs and tables for its schools of all mediums. It will purchase 2438 chairs and 1116 tables and it has the awarded the contract to one Sandip Textiles Industries.
The objective behind providing eco-friendly benches and desks for students was to maintain the ecosystem by not using wooden furniture. However, the civic body has changed its decision and decided to purchase wooden chairs and tables for teachers.
When contacted, education officer Mahesh Palkar informed that the tendering process for the purchase of teakwood chairs and tables is over and the proposal in this regard has been sent to the standing committee for its permission.
The textile company has bagged the contract to provide wooden furniture in BMC schools. This has raised eyebrows though a sugar company had earlier supplied shoes and socks to the BMC for distribution among its school students.