Pan­vel coun­cil waits for upgra­da­tion PHOENIX GHA­RANA TO PER­FORM AT KALYAN

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUM­BAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

The pro­cess of giv­ing Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil the sta­tus of a cor­po­ra­tion has been de­layed.

Af­ter a gov­ern­ment res­o­lu­tion was is­sued, sug­ges­tions and ob­jec­tions had been sought from res­i­dents over the pro­posal.

Al­most 4,000 sug­ges­tions and ob­jec­tions have been sub­mit­ted to the district col­lec­tor. The hear­ings are yet to be con­ducted on the sug­ges­tions and ob­jec­tions sub­mit­ted. Even af­ter a month of the pro­cess be­ing ini­ti­ated, there has been no progress on the pro­posal.

An of­fi­cial of Raigad col­lec­tor of­fice said, “The Konkan com­mis­sioner will soon con­duct hear­ings on the cor­po­ra­tion. How­ever, no date has been fi­nalised.”

The pro­posed PMC in­cludes the city and res­i­den­tial ar­eas of Pan­vel mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil, 29 vil­lages of City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­men­tal Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco), 36 ar­eas of NAINA and 11 vil­lages of MM­RDA area. A pop­u­la­tion of 5.95 lakh from the city as well as 68 vil­lages has been in­cluded in the cor­po­ra­tion.

The ward de­mar­ca­tion of Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil has recently been re­leased. Ten new wards have been formed. There is spec­u­la­tion that elec­tions for the coun­cil will be held in De­cem­ber.

There were re­ports that hear­ing on the sug­ges­tions and ob­jec­tions for the cor­po­ra­tion will be held in June-end. How­ever, with this not hap­pen­ing, the pro­cess of for­ma­tion of the cor­po­ra­tion seems to have slowed down. Hence the coun­cil elec­tions will be held first.

Even as the cor­po­ra­tion is pro­posed to be es­tab­lished, there are some or­gan­i­sa­tions in Kharghar and also some politi­cians who have op­posed merger in the pro­posed cor­po­ra­tion. This has led to spec­u­la­tion on whether Kharghar will be in­cluded in cor­po­ra­tion.

An of­fi­cial said, “That will be clear only once the hear­ing is con­ducted. The hear­ing could be con­ducted by July 15.”

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