NMMC blames mayor for lack of ward com­mit­tees in the city ‘CITY NEEDS WARD COM­MIT­TEES’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Nerul po­lice have reg­is­tered a case af­ter some uniden­ti­fied ac­cused al­legedly broke into the of­fice of a pa­trol pump op­po­site DY Patil Col­lege in Nerul and stole Rs4.56 lakh from it in the early hours of Thurs­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the pump was shut around 11pm on Wed­nes­day. The watch­man at the petrol pump had fallen asleep when the in­ci­dent took place.

“The cul­prits broke a glass door and en­tered the cashier’s of­fice. They broke open the cup­board in the cashier’s of­fice and stole the cash,” said Af­jal Pathan, po­lice in­spec­tor from Nerul po­lice sta­tion.

“The other prop­erty of the petrol pump are in­tact,” added Pathan.

The theft came to light on Thurs­day morn­ing when the pro­pri­etor ar­rived at the petrol pump. He then in­formed the po­lice.

The po­lice have reg­is­tered a first in­for­ma­tion re­port (FIR) and charged the uniden­ti­fied ac­cused un­der sec­tion 380 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC).

The po­lice are look­ing for the ac­cused. “There are no CCTV cam­eras in­stalled in the com­pound. This has made it dif­fi­cult to trace the ac­cused,” Pathan said.

An­other of­fi­cer from Nerul po­lice sta­tion said, “It is too early to gauge if any staffer of the pump could be in­volved in the crime.”

“It could also be the act of some out­siders who knew the se­cu­rity sys­tems of the of­fices there,” he said.

“We are ex­plor­ing dif­fer­ent an­gles and hope to solve the case very soon,” added the of­fi­cer.

The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has blamed mayor Sud­hakar Son­awane for his fail­ure to sub­mit its stand on ward com­mit­tees for the de­lay in their for­ma­tion.

The ward com­mit­tees were to be formed af­ter the NMCM elec­tions held in 2015. Chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis had or­dered a stay on their for­ma­tion af­ter the NCP got the pro­posal passed de­spite the Op­po­si­tion ob­ject­ing to it in the House. The state gov­ern­ment had then asked the NMMC to sub­mit its say within a month of the pro­posal be­ing stalled.

How­ever, the ad­min­is­tra­tion has now in­formed the NMMC gen­eral body that de­spite NMMC sec­re­tary Chi­tra Baviskar writ­ing twice to the mayor to take up the is­sue at the gen­eral body meet­ing, the mayor is yet to do so.

“The gov­ern­ment had stated that if the NMMC has any­thing to say in the mat­ter, it should in­form us within a month. Sec­re­tary Chi­tra Baviskar had on Jan­uary 17 and Fe­bru­ary 6 writ­ten to the mayor to take the is­sue in the agenda. The mayor has how­ever not taken it up,” read a state­ment is­sued by the NMMC.

“A dis­cus­sion on the is­sue was also held with the mayor. How­ever, with the is­sue still not be­ing taken up in the gen­eral body meet in July, the mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner has asked the gov­ern­ment to take a de­ci­sion on the is­sue,” added the state­ment.

Son­awane had ear­lier said, “The gen­eral body is the supreme author­ity in the city and it had formed ward com­mit­tees. The state gov­ern­ment should re­spect this de­ci­sion. This has be­come a po­lit­i­cal is­sue and hence, the de­lay. It will lead to the funds get­ting lapsed.”

“These com­mit­tees were formed to en­able cer­tain lo­cal works on pri­or­ity ba­sis. How­ever, it does not mean that in their ab­sence no work will take place. We will en­sure that the city does not suf­fer,” Son­awane had said.

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