Dustbin Purchase lands BJP MLA in a Soup in Surat

An MLA from Surat’s Majura constituency Harsh Sangvi has sent a proposal to the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) to install 154 high-end dustbins worth Rs 70 lakh from his MLA grant that too from a company of his choice, a proposal which has yet to be put up before the standing committee for approval. The SMC going a step further invited quotations from the company without getting the proposal passed.

Dustbin Purchase lands BJP MLA in a Soup in Surat

An MLA from Surat's Majura constituency Harsh Sangvi has sent a proposal to the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) to install 154 high-end dustbins worth Rs 70 lakh from his MLA grant that too from a company of his choice.

The company Jilan International, based in Surat, though listed with the Government of Gujarat, was contacted by SMC and quotation was invited according to the wishes of the sitting MLA before even being put up before the standing committee, which according to rules have to pass a resolution for the calling of tenders for a particular project.

The stainless steel dusbins, are fitted with solar-powered LED screen for advertising and equipped with separate collection drums for wet and dry garbage of 33 litre capacity. Each dustbin is valued at Rs 45,000 and were to be installed in the BJP MLA's constituency.

Congress leaders in SMC have alleged that Sanghvi was favouring a private agency that supplied high-end dustbins, for the reasons best known to him.

Opposition leader Aslam Cyclewala, while outrightly rejecting the proposal said: " How can even tenders be called before being placed in the standing committee. It happens in UP and Bihar.

This is the first tme when a MLA has recommended a company of his choice for purchase". After a hue and cry was made by the opposition regarding this, Sanghvi, in a letter sent to the Surat Municipal Commissioner, withdrew the recommendation and urged him to stall the process hereof.

He now asked the SMC to follow the legal procedure in purchasing the dustbins and seek quotation from state purchase committee (SPC). "This could have been done earlier as well. This sudden recommendation and subsequent withdrawal raises many questions", says Aslam Cyclewala.