Mundhe was removed from CEO of Smart City Project

Tukaram Mundhe

Nagpur : The controversial IAS officer and the Commissioner of Nagpur Municipal Corporation, Tukaram Mundhe has been unceremoniously removed from the post of CEO, Smart City Project on Friday. The IAS officer will now be replaced by his deputy, Mahesh Moroney.

The Municipal Commissioner Mundhe has been under attack from the ruling BJP in Nagpur Municipal Corporation with Mayor Sandeep Joshi and Union Minister and Lok Sabha member from Nagpur, Nitin Gadkari terming his taking over as CEO of Smart City Project as “illegal”. The union minister Gadkari even had written to the PMO, seeking strict action against the erring IAS officer.

The decision to remove Mundhe from the post of CEO was taken at a meeting of the board of directors of the Smart City Project in Nagpur.

His “autocratic style of functioning” led to unite all political parties, especially BJP and Congress in Nagpur Municipal Corporation. The chasm has widened so much that both leading parties have openly started talking either in favour of or against the civic body chief on various social media sites.

Earlier, the city mayor Sandeep Joshi strongly opposed the taking the charge of CEO by Mundhe and alleged that he has misused powers of the chief executive officer (CEO) of Smart City Project. He also alleged Mundhe took some decisions only to disrupt Smart City project sanctioned by the central government.

On Thursday, just a day ahead of the crucial meeting of the board of directors of the project, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court had issued notice to Mundhe and all 14 directors of Nagpur Smart City Project on a petition filed by seven terminated employees charging Mundhe with usurping the post of the CEO of the project and acting illegally.