Months after municipality election results, Mumbai corporator and Samajwadi Party group leader Rais Shaikh has suggested that the salary of corporators be increased from Rs 10,000 currently to Rs 50,000, a Hindustan Times report said. As per the report, he has written a letter to civic chief Ajoy Mehta, saying that the present salary paid to corporators was too low. However, the demand has been made after the corporation received a 2-fold jump in pay just months earlier.
He also suggested that the travel allowance which corporators get to attend general body meetings should also be increased from Rs 150 to Rs 500, the report further said. He says that the expenditure by corporators itself is too much and the current pay does not cover that at all.
Meanwhile, as per an Indian Express report, the expenses on civic works and repairs in mayoral bungalow, situated in Dadar have cost the corporation more than Rs 85 lakh in just over five years. Also, its heritage department has also suffered expenses on repairs of the building every year since last five years. Similarly, the G-North office too has incurred expenses on repairs of the bungalow each year except in 2015-16. Since 2009, therefore the civic body has spent close to Rs 2.8 crore on the maintenance of the Shivaji Park bungalow, including expenses on electricity bills, telephone, and other expenses.
Even as the majority of these expenses have been taken care of by the heritage department, the G-North ward office has also spent on some of these expenditures. Since last five years, there has been increasing in expenditure on repairs, the report said.
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The heritage department, since 2009, has spent about Rs 1.78 crore on repairs to the Shivaji Park bungalow and the heritage bungalow in the Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan, which is being proposed as the new mayoral bungalow. The BMC officials from the Heritage department has also said that around 80 per cent of the expenditure has been on the repair works of Dadar bungalow.