De­lay over forming ward com­mit­tees irks cor­po­ra­tors

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CBD BE­LA­PUR: Six months af­ter the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) elec­tions, the civic body is yet to form ward com­mit­tees. Ac­cord­ing to sources in the civic body, the ward com­mit­tees could not be formed as the civic body has re­ceived a stay or­der from the chief min­is­ter’s of­fice. As a re­sult, sev­eral de­vel­op­ment works have come to a grind­ing halt.

Civic is­sues in the wards are taken care of by the ward com­mit­tees and cor­po­ra­tors. The ab­sence of ward com­mit­tees has up­set cor­po­ra­tors, who de­mand they be formed at the ear­li­est. They are also go­ing to raise the is­sue in the next gen­eral body meet­ing of the NMMC.

NCP cor­po­ra­tor Divya Gaik­wad has sub­mit­ted a writ­ten ques­tion on the is­sue for the next gen­eral body meet­ing. “I have asked why the ward com­mit­tee for­ma­tion has been stalled. Who has given a stay on the for­ma­tion and why?” said Gaik­wad.

She added that ev­ery cor­po­ra­tor gets all the im­por­tant work in his or her ward done through th­ese com­mit­tees. “Due to the stay or­der, all such works have come to a stand­still. It is the peo­ple who ul­ti­mately suf­fer,” said Gaik­wad.

The civic elec­tions were held in April fol­low­ing which the mayor and deputy mayor elec­tions were held on May 9. There­after, ward com­mit­tees were to be formed. The pro­ce­dure was de­layed and on Au­gust 20, the ad­journed gen­eral body meet­ing had ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion on the for­ma­tion of ward com­mit­tees.

The res­o­lu­tion was, how­ever, op­posed by the Shiv Sena and BJP cor­po­ra­tors. They put forth their griev­ances on the is­sue to chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fadnavis, who im­me­di­ately or­dered a stay on the com­mit­tees’ for­ma­tion.

Shiv Sena op­po­si­tion leader Vi­jay Chougule said, “Digha has al­ways had a ward com­mit­tee com­pris­ing nine mem­bers. This time, we formed a ma­jor­ity with five Shiv Sena and four NCP cor­po­ra­tors.”

“Now, two more cor­po­ra­tors from Ra­bale — namely, the mayor and his wife, have been added to the ward com­mit­tee, tak­ing their num­ber to six. So, the chair­per­son will be from their party and not the Shiv Sena,” he said.

Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Di­nesh Wagh­mare had said: “The op­po­si­tion has raised ob­jec­tions to the ward com­mit­tees’ for­ma­tion.” “We will study the for­ma­tion of the new wards and check if the right process and norms have been fol­lowed,” he added.

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