Cor­po­ra­tors at­tack Mundhe over Ambed­kar me­mo­rial dome PROJECT MISSED DEAD­LINE

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

The de­ci­sion by mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe to can­cel the mar­ble cladding work on the dome of Dr Babasa­heb Ambed­kar Me­mo­rial at Airoli came in for heavy crit­i­cism in the gen­eral body meet­ing of the NMMC on Tues­day.

While Munde had can­celled the plan stat­ing that there was an ad­verse IIT re­port on it, the NMMC had said the cancellation will save it Rs20 crore. The cor­po­ra­tors cut­ting across party lines stated that peo­ple will take to the streets and launch an ag­i­ta­tion against it. They de­manded that the mar­ble cladding be un­der­taken what­ever the cost.

The is­sue was raised through a call­ing at­ten­tion mo­tion by Congress cor­po­ra­tor He­mangi Son­awane. She said, “If there is an at­tempt to play with the sen­ti­ments of the Ambed­kari peo­ple and any com­pro­mise with the project, there will be a strong re­ac­tion by the peo­ple who will take to the streets.”

Cor­po­ra­tor Sanju Wade said, “The IIT re­port is not bind­ing. If it is not with­drawn, the peo­ple will ag­i­tate.”

NCP cor­po­ra­tor Su­raj Patil asked how could the com­mis­sioner change a de­ci­sion that has been taken by the gen­eral body.

While sen­ti­ments are strong on the is­sue of the me­mo­rial’s mar­ble cladding, po­lit­i­cal ob­servers said that there seems to be more than just emo­tions that led to the uproar in the gen­eral body.

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