The standing committee of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) approved 60 proposals of worth Rs 700 crore, in just 20 minutes ahead of Lok Sabha polls.
The members just managed to discuss only four proposals. As the election code of conduct for Lok Sabha election is likely to come into effect in the first week of March, the civic standing committee passed 65 proposals worth Rs 700 crore in haste.
These proposals included stormwater drain, road, hospitals projects, and education departments.
On average, the committee meeting, which is held every week, gets up to 30 to 35 proposals for approvals. And not necessarily all get go-ahead after detailed discussions.
Earlier, the committee meeting was scheduled on February 27, and 34 proposals were listed.
However, it was postponed to February 28 and 46 additional proposals were included in the list. Of the total 80 proposals, 15 proposals were not taken and remaining were passed.
In the past too, the BMC had passed proposals in hurry. Before civic elections, the civic standing committee had passed over Rs 3000 crore proposal in three consecutive meeting in 2016-17.
A proposal worth Rs 232 crore to outsource housekeeping work of civic schools was also cleared in haste.
As per the proposal, the housekeeping work, mostly cleaning related, of civic schools will be given to outside agency on contract as it is found that lower category staffs fail to do the same work.