Standing Committee’s flip-flop affairs come to the fore

Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and its Standing Committee are renowned for running their affairs the flip-flop ways. The NMC is leaving no stone unturned for inclusion of Nagpur in the list of ‘Smart City,’ a project of Central Government. But when the Project Committee of NMC informed the Standing Committee that it has spent Rs 25.75 lakh to reach citizens and take their views for preparing the Smart City plan and a contract to a private agency has already been given, the Standing Committee that time refused to approve the amount. However, in a meeting held on Friday (January 8), for obvious reasons, the Standing Committee did not waste a moment and gave its approval.

In another matter of importance, the Town Planning Department had sent a proposal for acquisition of a reserved land for development of crematoriums. According to the proposal, the previous Standing Committee on March 8, 2013, had made a provision of Rs 12.28 crore and had ordered the NMC administration to complete the land acquisition process through District Collectorate. Subsequently, a proposal was sent to the Collectorate.

However, the District Collectorate informed the NMC that Rs 61.11 crore were needed for a direct agreement for acquiring the reserved land. It also informed the NMC that an amount of Rs 58.05 crore have already been spent in accordance with the land acquisition rules. Hence the NMC administration urged the Standing Committee to give its approval for the proposal. However, as usual the Committee that time refused to grant its approval, But today, the Standing Committee ordered the Municipal Commissioner to probe the entire matter thoroughly.

On the other hand, the Standing Committee, for obvious reasons, accorded its approval of Rs 40.83 lakh for development of NMC’s unregistered crematorium (Chinchbhavan).

Similarly, at the time when Energy Ministry has issued a GR stressing use of LED lights for saving electricity, the Standing Committee conveniently turned a blind eye towards the GR and approved a proposal for installing sodium vapour fitting and high mast lights in Sanjay Gandhi Nagar coming under Zone 5 of NMC.