'Dog Control Programme manipulated'
Administration favoured NGO without tendering process or panel's
Standing Committee members
THE Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Standing Committee
Ravindra Waikar, has charged the administration with manipulating
proposal of the 'dog control programme' in favour of the Animal
According to an agreement signed between the NGO and BMC, it has
the NGO to take over part of the land at Juhu-Kapaswadi cemetery,
sterilisation and immunisation facilities. And now, it has put the
before the Standing Committee requesting them to dispense the tendering
process in case of this Rs 1.22 crore immunisation proposal, thereby
'favouring' the AWS for the programme, says Samir Desai, member
The AWS has developed a facility in the 50,000 square feet land
1.5 crore) having two large structures with water and electricity
connections covering 8,800 square feet. It is also equipped with
operation theatres and over 300 kennels.
"We have been told to go ahead with sterilisations but we are
for the money which will come in after the Standing Committee gives
said Dr Nirmal Patil, founder of AWS.
"The NGO has been given permission but only the amount of Rs
1,200 per dog
needs to get a sanction from the committee," said Kishore Gajbhiye,
Additional Municipal Commissioner, BMC.
But, the Standing Committee members disagree with Gajbhiye and claim
they have been kept in the dark regarding this intention of the
"The proposal gives comparisons between rates that are charged
different NGOs and tries to project that (AWS) is superior because
experience, and without telling us that getting an approval from
us is just
a formality. It seems like a clear manipulation," said Standing
Chairman, Ravindra Waikar, who says that none of the members knew
"If the commissioner had decided that they want the dog control
to be given to AWS, then why not be transparent about it,"
The calculation for the sterilisation costs in the proposal is explained
"Rs 1,200 will be given per dog to the NGO which is provided
an open plot
by the BMC and the expenditure on construction of kennel, catching
of dogs, electricity and water charges and other taxes to be borne
NGO". As opposed to other NGOs which will charge Rs 600, Rs
675, Rs 900, Rs
900, with the BMC providing other facilities.
Desai, who visited the site on Monday, was shocked to see the readiness
the NGO to start the process - and be spared of the tendering procedure.
"Even if the NGO has a relevant agreement regarding the land
development, it all seems very dicey. After visiting the site, the
has got clearer why the BMC is stressing on getting this cleared.
oppose the proposal on Tuesday. There is need of transparency and
not expected of the administration," said Desai.
Publication : IE; Section : MN; Pg : 3; Date : 14/8/07