Cor­po­ra­tors ask Mundhe to give nod for monsoon sheds

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­ta­

It may still be a whim­per, but there are signs of the po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment be­ing un­easy with the de­ci­sions be­ing taken by mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe.

In a first, politi­cians cut­ting across party­lines have asked Mundhe to re­spect de­ci­sions taken by the gen­eral body of NMMC and not take de­ci­sions on his own.

The NMMC stand­ing com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day unan­i­mously asked Mundhe to grant per­mis­sion to com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments in the city to erect tem­po­rary monsoon sheds. Mundhe has re­fused to give the per­mis­sions so far.

The is­sue was raised by Congress cor­po­ra­tor Meera Patil. “Ev­ery year, the shop­keep­ers are given per­mis­sion for erect­ing tem­po­rary sheds dur­ing monsoon. This year, too, sev­eral es­tab­lish­ments have sought per­mis­sion but no sanc­tion has been given yet,” she said.

Stand­ing com­mit­tee chair­man Shivram Patil said, “As per the res­o­lu­tion passed by the gen­eral body, per­mis­sion has to be given for four months to es­tab­lish­ments for the sheds dur­ing monsoon. Why has it not been given?”

Ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Ankush Cha­van said, “The GB res­o­lu­tion was for a sea­son. How­ever, it has been ob­served that sev­eral es­tab­lish­ments have re­sorted to per­ma­nent con­struc­tions and hence the ad­min­is­tra­tion has de­cided not to give per­mis­sions this year.”

The re­sponse seemed to up­set Patil who said, “Can the ad­min­is­tra­tion over­ride what the gen­eral body has de­cided?”

Cha­van replied, “The ad­min­is­tra­tion can con­vey its de­ci­sion to the gov­ern­ment. The mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner’s or­ders on this is­sue are very clear.”

Patil said they are not ask­ing for any­thing be­yond the norms.

Cor­po­ra­tor MK Mad­hvi said, “It is the ward of­fi­cers who are to be blamed if the tem­po­rary sheds have not been re­moved over the years. The ad­min­is­tra­tion on its part can levy fine on those who do not re­move their sheds.”

He added, “Grant­ing per­mis­sion for sheds gets good rev­enue for the civic body, why should we forego it? Be­sides, sev­eral shop­keep­ers will suf­fer losses if their prod­ucts get wet in the rains and hence sheds are nec­es­sary.”

Cha­van said he will brief the com­mis­sioner. Patil said, “It is the unan­i­mous de­ci­sion of the stand­ing com­mit­tee that per­mis­sion for sheds should be granted. We re­quest the com­mis­sioner to take this into ac­count.

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