According to MCGM rule books the out station trips made by corporators are personal while the corporators insist that the trips were made for personal work. Mumbai’s corporators have used their official cars for what can only be described as personal use, their destinations ranging from tourist spots like Goa, Mahableshwar and Ganpatipule to pilgrimage centres like Shirdi and Tuljapur. The MCGM is now struggling to recover dues in excess of Rs 11 lakh from these corporators, who insist these tours were “official” and warranted use of their official vehicles. Between March 2008 and August 2009, 15 corporators of the Shiv Sena and the BJP, all of them representing various civic committees, used their official vehicles, each bearing the BMC name and logo, to travel to destinations outside city limits. Many of these trips were for work related to their parties’ campaign for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. According to the rulebook, MCGM vehicles can only be used within municipal limits. Members using the vehicles to travel longer distances are liable to pay for the fuel and the driver. However, 13 of the 15 corporators are yet to pay their bills. One of them includes Standing committee chairman Ravindra Waikar who has a bill of around Rs 11,000 for his visits to Tansa/Modaksagar and Pune. The highest outstanding amount is Rs 3.72 lakh from where the corporator had used the vehicle 11 times to travel to Mahabaleshwar and Solapur.
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