Hear­ing on Kharghar civic body to­day

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A nine-year-old girl walks the tightrope in Thane in the hope of earn­ing money.

The pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion (PIL) to set up a mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion for Kharghar filed in Bom­bay high court will be heard on Thurs­day.

The pe­ti­tion could cre­ate hur­dles in the cre­ation of the pro­posed Pan­vel mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion (PMC) as Kharghar is ex­pected to be a part of it.

Filed by United Kharghar Ac­tion Com­mit­tee (UKAC), an um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion of hous­ing so­ci­eties, so­cial as­so­ci­a­tions and Kharghar gram pan­chayat, the pe­ti­tion’s first hear­ing was last Thurs­day.

A Gov­ern­ment Res­o­lu­tion declar­ing Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion was is­sued on Fri­day after the gover­nor gave his con­sent to the for­ma­tion of the body

Mean­while, the Taloja Man­u­fac­tur­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (TMA) has de­cided to op­pose the in­clu­sion of the Talo­jabased in­dus­tries in the pro­posed Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion.

The TMA has de­cided to ap­proach the high court on the is­sue through a writ pe­ti­tion. The com­pa­nies in the MIDC area in the re­gion have long been op­pos­ing their in­clu­sion in the PMC.

In a meet­ing ear­lier this week, TMA mem­bers ex­pressed fear that if in­cluded in PMC, their taxes will in­crease man­i­fold.

San­deep Don­gre, pres­i­dent of TMA, said, “The hike in prop­erty tax could be up to 10% and all our tax com­po­nents along with worker wages will go up to 43%.”

“Around 900 in­dus­tri­al­ists will be hit along with al­most 2 lakh work­ers. There are also wor­ries of de­vel­op­ment in the MIDC area,” he added.

TMA sec­re­tary Jayeshree Katkar said, “We are not op­posed to Pan­vel mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion How­ever, Taloja in­dus­trial area should not be in­cluded in it.”

“We are pre­par­ing to file a pe­ti­tion in this re­gard in Bom­bay high court,” added Katkar.

To give a leg-up to sports in schools and col­leges and en­cour­age stu­dents, the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has de­cided to in­crease schol­ar­ship by 25% in all sport cat­e­gories.

The mon­e­tary ben­e­fit is dis­trib­uted an­nu­ally to stu­dents. Ac­cord­ing to the re­vised scheme, stu­dents who top the in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion will re­ceive Rs26,250, Rs18,750 for the run­nerup and Rs12,500 for a third po­si­tion. Par­tic­i­pants in in­ter­na­tional events will get Rs10,000 each.

Stu­dents, who emerge vic­to­ri­ous in na­tional-level com­pe­ti­tions will re­ceive Rs8,750 as schol­ar­ship, Rs6,250 for the run­ner-up and Rs3,750 for a sec­ond run­ner-up. Par­tic­i­pa­tion in na­tional-level com­pe­ti­tion will fetch them Rs2,500.

The NMMC has been giv­ing such schol­ar­ships since 2011.

This is the first time in the past four years that the NMMC has hiked the amount. “We hope more stu­dents get into sports as it is essen­tial for over­all de­vel­op­ment,” said Ankush Cha­van, ad­di­tional city com­mis­sioner of NMMC.

PRAFUL GANGURDE

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