Thursday, February 21, 2002

This report in Mid-Day about Bombay Municipal Corporation's plans to auction its official vehicles says the corporation spends Rs 1 crore -- yes one crore -- every month on each of its official vehicles. This includes driver salaries, their overtime, fuel and maintenance charges.

Don't you think this figure is a bit rich? I would believe anything about the people who govern us, but I think there might be an error in this one...

If it's true, what do you reckon they do with the crore? Give the cars a fresh coat of gold paint everyday? Or perhaps they use aviation fuel?

No wonder the BMC is bankrupt. According to this pretty old article by Sucheta Dalal, our city godfathers spend 75 per cent of revenues on salaries.

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