You must have heard or read the news reports of the Shiv Sena and the BJP leaders inspecting BMC’s emergency management cell. The same administration of the civic body stopped city Congress president Sanjay Nirupam from entering this room by citing the reason of sensitive information.
As per reports, Nirupam had received information that the BMC has prepared its emergency management section as a part of its pre-monsoon preparations. Nirupam had expressed his wish to witness the functioning of emergency management cell of the BMC. He was trying to understand how the civic body is prepared to deal with monsoon-related issues and information on vehicles monitored under ‘vehicle tracking system’.
But municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta, who had in past allowed BJP and Shiv Sena leaders to inspect this cell, did not permit Nirupam to inspect this crucial department of the civic administration. Nirupam was informed in writing that except the leader of opposition Ravi Raja, no other person would be allowed in this section due to sensitive nature of the functioning of emergency management cell.
Nirupam had made his mind to visit the cell along with Ravi Raja but when he reached there, BMC security guards stopped him. They informed that they were following the orders of municipal commissioner. Ravi Raja protested against this step of the administration by refusing to enter the cell.
Nirupam later informed media persons that he was trying to get the information on the functioning of emergency management cell. As the administration is at fault and they have not implemented anything in this regard, I was stopped from inspecting the cell, alleged Nirupam.
The city Congress chief also expressed his fears that Mumbaikars will have to suffer in the coming monsoon season and except God, no other will come to their rescue. The BMC would not save citizens from the sufferings during monsoon season, he added.