AURANGABAD: The civic body's routine work has literally come to a standstill for the past few days with most of its officers and employees engaged in election duties.
To add to this, the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), with a focus on tax collection, has shifted most of its staff to the recovery department. This has paralyzed other departments.
Sources said the reduced manpower was resulting in files in most departments moving at a sluggish pace. All six ward offices are concentrating on tax recovery and not paying heed to citizens' complaints on solid waste management, water supply and drainage, they said. The civic body is also not collecting fines from citizens for throwing garbage in the open.
Action against illegal encroachments has also been put on hold for the past one week, they said. Civic schools, too, are short of teaching staff.
Deputy municipal commissioner Suresh Pedgaonkar, however, said the AMC's routine work was not affected. "Although it is a temporary arrangement, the administration has take utmost care to not disturb work in any of its departments. Election duty is not a new exercise for the civic body and it will carry out the responsibility without much difficulty," Pedgaonkar said.
Meanwhile, C S Abhang, establishment officer-II, said 55 additional employees were shifted to the tax recovery department. "These employees were shifted to the tax department in two phases. It was a long pending demand of the tax department," he said. Right now, more than 85 employees are recovering property tax and water charges.
Bhalchandra Paithane, establishment officer - I, said about 200 civic employees, including 30 officers and teachers would be roped in for election duty. There are 950 candidates on roll in the civic body.
A citizen said on the condition of anonymity that the main administrative block of the AMC wore a deserted look. "These days, there are no officers and clerks in the office. It is affecting our work," he said.
Another resident, Nawalkishore Varma from Garkheda, said the civic body is not attending to complaints of erratic water supply. "We are receiving less water for the past few days but the AMC is not responding," he said.