At a time when recession is forcing citizens to save every penny possible, MCGM is losing public money in crores of rupees. Over Rs13.42 crore in revenue was lost in March. Incidentally, the octroi department, which earns most revenue for the corporation, is the guilty party. The octroi collected per vehicle in March was Rs965 below the amount collected at the same time last year. Senior octroi department officials blamed the negative trend on the dropping of guard by the vigilance department. RECESSION TAKES THE ‘WIND’ OUT OF BMC SAIL A project to construct the country’s first offshore windpower project near the Bandra-Worli sealink has failed to take off. The project, an initiative by MCGM to tap unconventional energy sources to make up for the power shortfall, was to be implemented by engineering giant Suzlon Energy. To be set up on a 10,000 sq ft MCGM land located close to the sealink, the 120-m tall wind turbine would have generated power 6 MW of electricity. However, the recessionary trend seems to have halted the project’s progress. Even as the initial rounds of talks were completed in October last year, additional municipal commissioner Anil Diggikar has stated that Suzlon has not come back to MCGM ever since. GET DRIVING LICENCE DELIVERED AT HOME The transport department has drafted a proposal to deliver driving licenses at your doorstep. This will be done on the lines of a similar scheme run by the regional passport offices. The scheme will be implemented on an experimental basis from May 1 in select regional transport offices. After completing the basic formalities, the department has proposed to deliver driving licences at one’s residential address at a charge between Rs 27 and Rs 30. At present, the regional and district transport offices do not have any mechanism at their disposal with which they can verity the addresses given by the applicants. As a result, licences are sometimes issued on the basis of wrong addresses.
September 10, 2009