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MCGM FOREIGN TOUR TO STUDY GARDENS – IS IT YET ANOTHER WASGTEAE OF PUBLIC FUNDS

mcgmIn the times of a global economic meltdown, as many as 27 corporators are embarking on a foreign spree. They say it’s to study how zoos and gardens are run overseas. MCGM is sending as many as 27 corporators to Thailand and Singapore to get a first-hand knowledge of how zoos and gardens are managed there, so that the ideas can be replicated in Mumbai. The corporators will embark on the tour to see the garden and zoo development by a Thailand-based consultant working on the re-development of Mumbai’s lone zoo, the Veermata Jijabai Udyaan. Eyebrows are being raised at the need for spending public money to send 27, rather than two to three corporators. According to MCGM Commissioner Jairaj Pathak foreign travel did not cost much and that it is much less than 1% of their annual budget. The Commissioner also went ahead to say that it is not necessary for people who go on a foreign trip to file a report. The truth of the matter is that some of these corporators may not even have the knowledge or expertise to understand the technology used outside. Such trips at the cost of public funds are just a picnic trip for them. It cannot be neglected that the supposed study tours taken in the past by the corporation has not in any way enhanced the development projects of the city but has only wasted public funds. With cameraperson Dhanse Mehboob, Ashok Jagtap for NMTV News.

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