Women vote for an alcohol-free Ulwe

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mohiuddin Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.”

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