Corporators ask Mundhe to give nod for monsoon sheds
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.