BMC commissioner should resign: Standing Committee members

Corporators blamed BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta of misusing Building Proposal Department and held him responsible for compound wall caved-in incident

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After the onset of the monsoon, Mumbai witnessed water logging incidents, flooded areas, and tree falling incidents. At a lot of places, part of compound walls, building slabs collapsed. However, despite the complainants, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's Building Proposal Department, which is looked after by BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta, he did not react nor act. Opposition leaders want the BMC commissioner to take the onus and resign from the post.

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Prior to the monsoons, the civic body claimed that this year Mumbai would not face any water logging incidents. However, something else was witnessed by the residents. Because of these conditions, water-borne diseases such as leptospirosis is spreading. Two have lost their lives as well. The road was caved in at Wadala near Dosti Acres and Lloyds Estate building. People are losing their lives due to tree falling incidents. This is all happening because of BMC," Ravi Raja, Leader of Opposition.

Raja further blamed the BMC for having friendly relations with the Building Proposal Department adding that they work only for developers. He demanded an FIR to be filed against the concerned engineers in connection with the compound wall cave-in incident. He also demanded a transfer of municipal officers who have been serving for more than three years.

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At the same time, Samajwadi Party corporator Raees Sheikh blamed Building Proposal Department's engineers for not visiting the site. Sheikh demanded a separate inquiry of the same. Likewise, Nationalist Congress Party corporator Rakhi Jadhav said that the civic body should declare the list of dangerous trees.

Lloyds Estate residents complained more than six times regarding the same site where part of compound wall caved in, yet no action was taken. This very site is behind Building Proposal Department's office. Still, they didn't acknowledge the complaints. Because of this, 440 families and 4.5 thousand people are living in fear. Hence, I want the BMC commissioner to file an FIR against structural engineers and resign," Sufiyan Vanu, Congress, Corporator.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party corporator Manoj Kotak said that Building Proposal Department officials who have been serving for more than three years and who voluntarily left the department should be questioned about their property.

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