The GHMC has been spending Rs 80 lakhs monthly for car rentals and over Rs 1 crore for maintenance of its fleet of cars despite protest demonstrations by a section of staff for payment of salaries. Public leaders criticised the manner in which the GHMC officials were using their cars though there were restrictions. About 101 vehicles – Scorpios and Boleros – were allotted for 100 officers but as per rules DC, acp, deputy executive engineer, assistant health officers in sanitation have the authority to use the official cars. But even the retired officials working in the outsourcing wing have been using official cars. The GHMC took 319 more cars for rent with the rise in officers using the cars.
Public leaders said that they have already complained to the chief secretary over the misuse of official cars in GHMC. They alleged cars scam in GHMC as lakhs of rupees of public funds was going waste. Officers were indiscriminately using official cars for joy rides, they pointed out and appealed to all concerned to take care of public funds. official vehicles were being used whether work demands or not and almost all the vehicles were used by unauthorised officials.