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NMMC corporators demand inquiry on Ex chief Tukaram Mundhe’s policy decisions

Three months after former NMMC Chief Tukaram Mundhe was transferred to Pune, the NMMC’s general body has decided to scrutinize various decisions taken during his tenure.

Corporators want the 15- member committee to be headed by a retired judge or an IAS officer to conduct a detailed probe on the policy decisions taken by the ex municipal commissioner.

But the civic administration has distanced itself from the decision. “Such resolutions are not binding upon the administration,” said the current municipal commissioner, Dr N Ramaswami.

The development is a result of a resolution placed by NCP corporator Ravindra Ithape during the general body meeting that was held on Tuesday. The corporator listed a series of decisions taken by Mundhe and the resultant financial loss the corporation had to incur.

“In a span of eight months, the officer took decision which had no approval from the general body which resulted in financial loss. There is a need for a thorough probe so that the officer can be held accountable,” said Ithape.

Mundhe has been accused of issuing work orders without inviting for tender bids and departmental action without holding inquiry. Even the transfer of Ghansoli node was done in haste with getting adequate compensation from Cidco, said the corporator.

“I have pointed out over 10 erroneous decisions taken by the ex municipal commissioner which has lead to financial loss and strain,” added Ithape.
Some of the issue raised by the corporator included the e-governance system, where they claimed no tender was invited, besides legal department being stressed due to endless litigation with senior counsels roped in and charging close to Rs 1 lakh as fees. Other corporators also voiced their views on the matter.

“As per municipal corporation Act the house is provisioned to form such monitoring committees to be headed by experts from various fields. The scrutiny report will be sent to the state for taking appropriate decision,” said mayor Sudhakar Sonawane.

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