BMC fails to appoint contractor for towing away the vehicles parked in public places
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), like any other civic body, appoints contractors for towing away the vehicles to clear footpaths of encroachment by those who park vehicles on pavements of Mumbai.
RTI activist Sharad Yadav sought details regarding the number of abandoned vehicles removed by BMC through an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Reply by the removal of encroachment (RE) department of the BMC has revealed that it has been unable to float a tender to appoint contractors for doing the job of removing unclaimed vehicles. The BMC had undertaken a drive to remove the vehicles abandoned on the footpaths and public areas of Mumbai.
The RE department sought the opinion of the legal department on August 22, 2013 in connection with the tender to be floated. Subsequently, two reminders were also sent in October, 2013 and February, 2014 to which the legal department is yet to reply. In the absence of an advice from the legal department, the BMC is unable to undertake a new work or float tender. The net outcome of the delay is that the pavements and public places have witnessed an increase in the number of vehicles parked.