Was pressurised by politicians to not take action against illegal establishments: BMC chief Ajoy Mehta

Was pressurised by politicians to not take action against illegal establishments: BMC chief Ajoy Mehta
Ajoy Mehta at Kamala Mills after the incident (Picture Courtesy: Sameer Sawant)

A week after the Kamala Mills tragedy, which was followed by a massive crackdown on illegal establishments flourishing in the city, Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta said that there was immense pressure on him to not take action.

 

Mehta claimed that he received phone calls from various politicians, many of whom seemingly had vested interests in the affected businesses, but he chose to go by the rulebook.

 

“Following the incident, the BMC took action against many eateries that were violating norms. During that period there was tremendous pressure not to take action against them. All the pressure came from many political parties. Although I heard everyone but acted only according to the rulebook,” he was quoted saying.

 

Meanwhile, leader of opposition Ravi Raja and other corporators tried to pass a no-confidence motion against Mehta for not taking timely action against the Kamala Mills’ eateries despite receiving prior complaints, but fell short of one vote.

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