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Controversy over BMC's decision to carry out repair works at commissioner bungalow

The BMC has said that the bungalow is in a state of disrepair and is prone to water leakage among other problems during monsoon, being an old heritage building.

Controversy over BMC's decision to carry out repair works at commissioner bungalow
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Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) decision to float a tender worth ₹40 lakh for repair works of BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal’s bungalow in south Mumbai has sparked huge controversy. 

Senior Corporators from various parties including Congress have raised strong objections over BMC’s decision to carry out repair works and purchase of furniture for Municipal Commissioner’s bungalow. The civic body has issued a tender - internal repair and furniture work of heritage bungalow - of worth ₹40 lakh for the same. 

The BMC has said that the bungalow is in a state of disrepair and is prone to water leakage among other problems during monsoon, being an old heritage building. The bungalow has not been repaired in several years and the approval to do so has come from Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC). 

The repair works for the bungalow will include furniture work, toilet block and painting. The corporators have raised objection to the same saying that the BMC’s priorities amid the pandemic are wrong. They have pointed out that doctors are struggling to get paid from the civic body and at the time of cost-cutting ₹40 lakh have been allocated for the repair works of commissioner’s bungalow. 

Congress corporators including Ravi Raja and Rais Shaikh have also raised objection to the same. Due to the lockdown, the BMC had to cut its budget by ₹2,500 crores. 

Meanwhile, the BMC has posted a video on its Twitter handle saying that the urgent repairs are inevitable. The video shows the dilapidated state of the heritage bungalow with water leakages & falling plaster despite plastic sheets on the roof. 

Allegations regarding wasteful expenditure to repair BMC Commissioner’s residence is unfortunate, incorrect and misleading, the civic body said. 

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