Ahead of PMC pub­lic meet­ing, residents wary

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Tas­neem Kausar

The Konkan com­mis­sioner, Prabhakar Desh­mukh, will con­duct a hear­ing on the for­ma­tion of the pro­posed Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (PMC) at the Konkan Bha­van hall in CBD Be­la­pur on Satur­day, a month af­ter the process was ini­ti­ated.

The pro­posed PMC in­cludes the Pan­vel mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil, 29 vil­lages of CIDCO, 36 ar­eas of NAINA and 11 vil­lages of MMRDA area. It in­cludes a pop­u­la­tion of 5.95 lakh, who sub­mit­ted al­most 4,000 sug­ges­tions and ob­jec­tions to the dis­trict col­lec­tor af­ter the state gov­ern­ment is­sued a gov­ern­ment res­o­lu­tion.

The re­cently re­leased ward de­mar­ca­tion of Pan­vel mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil in­cludes 10 new wards. There is spec­u­la­tion that elec­tions for the coun­cil will be held in De­cem­ber.

“Kharghar and CIDCO residents who op­pose the move hope that the com­mis­sioner will ex­plain the need for the es­tab­lish­ment of the PMC, its plans, and the gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy, dur­ing the first round be­tween 11 am and 1 pm,” said a so­cial worker from Khar­gar.

“De­spite the gov­ern­ment GR, there has been no of­fi­cial com­ment on the is­sue. Gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives have not of­fered any ex­pla­na­tions,” he added.

“There is no clar­ity on the ad­di­tional tax bur­den and other changes that the residents can ex­pect. So­cial or­gan­i­sa­tions and me­dia out­lets have at­tempted pro­vide clar­ity on the is­sue, but there has been no word from the guardian min­is­ter of the area Prakash Me­hta, or other of­fi­cial sources,” he said.

Af­ter the first ses­sion, the com­mis­sioner will hear the com­plaints of the in­dus­tri­al­ists of Taloja TTC area. They too op­pose to the PMC and had ap­proached the chief min­is­ter with their com­plaints. They fear the im­po­si­tion of ad­di­tional taxes by the pro­posed civic body.

The residents of Pan­vel wel­come the pro­posed PMC, hop­ing it will bring de­vel­op­ment to the area.

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