Civic com­mis­sioner’s ab­sence sparks de­bate in the House SENA CORPORATORS RAISE OB­JEC­TIONS

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

Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe’s ab­sence at the gen­eral body meet­ing on Fri­day sparked a de­bate of an un­usual kind.

As soon as the meet­ing started, NCP cor­po­ra­tor Ravin­dra Ithape de­manded that it be ad­journed as Mundhe was not present. An­other NCP cor­po­ra­tor Jayaji Nath sec­onded Ithape’s de­mand.

Shiv Sena spokesper­son Dwarkanath Bhoir, how­ever, ob­jected to their de­mand and said that the House pro­ceed­ings can still go on in Mundhe’s ab­sence.

“The NCP corporators’ de­mand is against the norms of the House. We will com­plain to the chief min­is­ter. An ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner or any deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner could have filled in for the mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner, as done in the past,” said Bhoir.

An­other Sena cor­po­ra­tor MK Mad­hvi said, “We con­demn the de­ci­sion to ad­journ the meet­ing. It makes no sense to stop the pro­ceed­ings of the House be­cause the mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner isn’t present.”

“If the NCP wants to dis­cuss cer­tain is­sues in the pres­ence of the mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner, they could have stalled the dis­cus­sion and talked about other im­por­tant is­sues,” said Mad­hvi.

How­ever, dis­re­gard­ing the ob­jec­tions, mayor Sud­hakar Son­awane ad­journed the meet­ing. Son­awane told me­di­a­per­sons, “In the past three-and-ahalf months, Mundhe has never dis­cussed or sought sug­ges­tions on any de­ci­sion. He does not take the corporators’ views into con­sid­er­a­tion.”

“If the com­mis­sioner plans to do ev­ery­thing him­self, there is no need for elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives. What’s the point in the House de­bat­ing over is­sues and ap­prov­ing them, if the civic chief is go­ing to can­cel the de­ci­sions taken?” said Son­awane.

The NCP had tar­geted Mundhe in the gen­eral body meet­ing held on Tues­day for ob­ject­ing to the mar­ble cladding work at the Dr BR Ambed­kar memo­rial.

“If all the city’s prob­lems can be solved dur­ing the ‘walk with the com­mis­sioner’ ses­sion, why do we need corporators? He should seek a mayor and corporators on dep­u­ta­tion from Mantralaya,” added Son­awane.

Son­awane said, “The sus­pen­sion of civic of­fi­cials for dere­lic­tion of duty has dented NMMC’s image. On one hand, the civic of­fi­cials are be­ing put un­der pres­sure of strict dis­ci­pline. On the other, those who have come here on dep­u­ta­tion from the gov­ern­ment have been given a free­hand.”

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