Delay over forming ward committees irks corporators
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.