MUMBAI: With Covid-19 cases on the rise, newly-appointed Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) commissioner Gangatharan D has moved 470 sanitation workers to isolation centres and containment zones.
In his maiden press conference on Thursday, Gangatharan said that these permanent workers attending head office in Virar were not assigned any work in the wards over the years. While the civic body incurred Rs 25 crore annually for their salaries, sanitization work was being done by temporary workers employed by contractors.
“All the 470 staff have been given duty at Covid centres and containment zones. And the process of discontinuing contract workers is underway,” said Gangatharan.
The first IAS officer to be appointed as a municipal commissioner in the civic body that was formed in 2009, Gangatharan is facing criticism for carrying out repairs to his office and home in Virar after he assumed office last month. The Vasai civil court on Wednesday stayed the construction of the MC’s bungalow. He has to file his reply on July 2.
Gangatharan said that a Covid care centre to accommodate 2,000 people will be ready at Varun Industries in Valiv, Vasai (east) by June 10. He said that a dedicated Covid hospital at Chandansar in Virar (east) will be ready by August. He said that a trauma care centre was to come up here but work stopped two years ago.
The total positive cases in the region are 878 of which 355 have been discharged. There have been 29 deaths.
Meanwhile, shops have been permitted to remain open on alternate days from Friday. The odd-even scheme is not applicable to salons, spa and shopping malls.



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