PUNE: Police action against two engineers of the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) Building Permission Department has drawn the ire of the municipal staff. The engineers and other staff members of the PMC have opposed the move of the police to file the case.
The civic officials agitated against this at the Pune Municipal Corporation main building premises on Wednesday. The police had booked the two officials for negligence of duty in the Kondhwa wall collapse case, in which 14 people died. The civic officials submitted a letter to Mayor Mukta Tilak registering their protest against the filing of the case.
The civic staff staged a one-day stop-work agitation. The Building Permission Department Superintendent Engineer Rajendra Raut said, “Civic officials cannot be held responsible for such mishaps. The developer and builder should make sure that quality of the construction is maintained. The civic officials do not have any role in monitoring the quality of material used for the construction.”
Pune Municipal Corporation Solid Waste Management Department Head Dnyaneshwar Molak said the action against the civic officials is not right. He said, “The State government decided to form an inquiry committee after the incident. The committee completed its report, in which they did not put the onus on the civic officials. So, filing a criminal offence against these officials is not correct. We demand that the case be withdrawn.”
Corporators cutting across party lines raised the issue in the General Body Meeting and condemned the actions of the police department.
Mayor Tilak said, “The police department has not handled the case properly. It is unjust. The civic body will approach the authorities concerned, including the State government, and urge them to withdraw the charges levelled against the engineers.”