BMC declares CM Fadnavis’s official residence defaulter

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) declared Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s ‘Varsha’ bungalow a defaulter as his water bill dues are pending. The shocking revelations come months ahead of the Assembly elections in Maharashtra.

The total amount of the bill pending is around Rs 7,44,981, according to BMC. Apart from Fadnavis, names of 18 Maharashtra ministers are also in the list of defaulters, as they are yet to clear their water bill dues.

Among those ministers in the list of defaulters are — Sudhir Mungantiwar, Vinod Tawde, Pankaja Munde, Ramdas Kadam and Eknath Shinde.The state government’s official guest house – ‘Sahyadri’- also has pending bills worth Rs 12,04,390. RTI query claimed that the charges have been pending since 2001.

“If the bills of the Chief Minister’s and other State Minister’s bungalows are not paid in time, then how can you expect a common people to do it? If the common people fail to pay their bills, their water connection is disconnected. The same should be done to all the defaulters including Chief Minister’s official bungalow,” a leading portal quoted RTI activist Shakeel Ahmed Shaikh as saying.

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