Women vote for an alcohol-free Ulwe
The women members of the Vahal gram panchayat have voted to ensure that Ulwe node of Navi Mumbai remains an alcohol-free zone, much like the Kharghar node. The Vahal gram panchayat had on January 26 last year passed a resolution to declare four villages in the region as no- liquor zones.
In an election held on Monday, 87.16% of the women voted against the proposal to grant a licence to Rajat bar in the Vahal area of Panvel.
The elections were ordered by the Raigad district collector and conducted by the Panvel revenue department, following opposition from locals to a licence issued to a bar in Vahal. The law stipulates that if a majority of women oppose the bar in an area, it cannot be set up.
According to Shashikant Waghmare, the election officer, “Of the 2,142 voters, 1,504 (70.21%) cast their votes. While just 141 (9.37%) voted in favour of the proposal, a whopping 1,311 (87.16%) voted against it bottle and 52 votes (3.45%) were declared invalid.”
Voting was held at Morave, Vahal-1, Vahal2, Bamandongri-1 and Bamandongri-2 (Vazale) polling centres of the villages.
Ravi Patil, a local leader and president of Sai Santhan, Vahal, said, “The bar that had received permission to open is in an area that is close to a school, a place of worship and a public toilet for women. Also, no NOC had been taken from the gram panchayat.”
Sandeep Patil, opposition leader, Panvel Municipal Council, said, “For the past eight years, we have struggled and succeeded in ensuring that Kharghar remains a no-liquor zone. We will ensure we succeed in Ulwe as well.”