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MNS forces chief engineer to hold placard saying he is responsible for potholes

The civic administration did not take kindly to the party’s behaviour. Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta said, “We will a file a police complaint and necessary action will be taken against the corporators.”

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
October 6, 2016 1:42:44 am
sanjay-darade-759 Sanjay Darade, chief engineer of the BMC’s Roads Department, was taken to Dadar and forced to hold the placard. Express Photo

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists Wednesday took Sanjay Darade, chief engineer of the BMC’s Roads Department, to a spot in Dadar and made him hold a placard stating he was responsible for the poor condition of city’s roads.  Darade later approached Shivaji Park police to register a complaint against the corporators and other MNS members, though a First Information Report was not filed till late.

The civic administration did not take kindly to the party’s behaviour. Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta said, “We will a file a police complaint and necessary action will be taken against the corporators.”

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Other senior officials said corporators Sandeep Deshpande and Santosh Dhuri could also be debarred from the standing committee. Earlier this year, Deshpande threatened to kidnap the assistant municipal commissioner of G North ward Ramakant Biradar over delayed repair of potholes in Dadar. In 2012, Deshpande had slapped a contractor who allegedly failed to clear garbage bins.

On Wednesday, MNS workers led by party group leader Deshpande and corporator Dhuri met Darade at his office in Worli. Darade accompanied the MNS workers to a spot between Sena Bhawan and Plaza Theatre in Dadar, where he was made to hold up a placard which read, “I, the chief engineer of roads department, am responsible for potholes in the city. Citizens should take note of this”.

Stating that Darade had been warned, Deshpande said, “People blame us for the failure of the roads department. We had given a deadline of October 5 and he had to take the blame for not filling hundreds of potholes.” He added that Darade had counted 20 potholes on the stretch between Sena Bhawan to Plaza Theatre and had promised that he would have them filled by Wednesday night.

An official from the roads department who witnessed the incident said the MNS workers misled Darade and took him along on the pretext of surveying a spot. “The MNS workers said they wanted to show him something and did not tell him they would make a spectacle out of him,” said an official.

Gangadhar Sonawane, senior police inspector of Shivaji Police station said, “We have received the written complaint. We will inquire into the matter and decide on the action.”

Meanwhile, after a discussion on the delayed pothole repairs during the standing committee meeting on Wednesday, corporators from all parties jointly pulled up the civic body for their claim of 35 potholes on city roads.

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