The running test for constables is held on a 5-km stretch at Vikhroli
Mumbai: The civic body has refused to open its Bhandup water complex ground for the city police’s recruitment drive, citing “security reasons” for rejecting the police’s application. But BMC sources said they had not allowed the use of the ground as they did not want a repetition of the chaos that had ensued during a recent drive to recruit security guards.
The ground is inside the Bhandup water plant complex where the filtration plants are located. In 2011, when the police had conducted the running examination of 1.05 lakh candidates aspiring to be constables, the 5-km running test was held at the same complex.
“The running examination for around 34,000 candidates for the post of a constable started on June 6. The BMC cited security reasons for rejecting our application,” said a police officer. “We fail to understand what kind of threat do the cops pose for the BMC?” The department has found an alternative venue for the running test, which is being held on the service road opposite Kanammwar Nagar in Vikhroli. Every day, 4,000 candidates will take the exam.
Explaining why the BMC disallowed the police from using the ground, a senior civic official said, “No proper checks are conducted before candidates are sent for any recruitment drive. Our staff have identified this unchecked movement as a potential danger and so we decided not to allow any recruitment activity on the filtration plant premises. On the same grounds, we rejected the police’s request,” said a BMC official.
During the security recruitment drive on April 1, more than 8,000 candidates turned up for 139 posts, and to manage the crowd, the police had to resort to lathicharge; in the chaos, officials, who working at the filtration plants, were not allowed to go inside the complex and the BMC had to deploy their staffers in two shifts so that water supply was not affected. A senior civic official said the complex was one of the vital installations of BMC and allowing so many people on the premises was not advisable.
The Times of India, June 7, 2013