Con­fu­sion over for­ma­tion of Pan­vel civic body

Depart­ment calls for meet­ings of gram pan­chay­ats and ZP to take de­ci­sion on in­clu­sion, seeks re­port

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The for­ma­tion of the Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (PMC) is once again in the haze be­cause of the con­fu­sion over the or­der of the ru­ral de­vel­op­ment depart­ment that con­flicts with the state gov­ern­ment’s or­der.

The state gov­ern­ment has de­cided to in­clude Pan­vel city, Cidco nodes and 32 vil­lages un­der the pro­posed Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion. It has ac­cord­ingly in­structed the Konkan com­mis­sioner, dis­trict col­lec­tor and CEOs of the area. How­ever, the ru­ral de­vel­op­ment depart­ment of the state has is­sued an in­de­pen­dent or­der to the dis­trict col­lec­tor and CEOs ask­ing for gram sab­has at the vil­lages pro­posed to be in­cluded in the PMC. The idea of the sab­has will be to know their opin­ion on the in­clu­sion.

Lo­cal BJP leader Sri­nand Pat­ward­han had filed a pe­ti­tion in the high court ex­plain­ing how PMC was ur­gently needed in the re­gion. The high court had then asked the state gov­ern­ment to take a de­ci­sion within a week.

The ur­ban de­vel­op­ment depart­ment de­cided to form PMC by ex­clud­ing 36 vil­lages fall­ing un­der NAINA. Ac­cord­ingly, the Konkan di­vi­sional com­mis­sioner was asked to take steps. It asked the com­mis­sioner to take over the of­fices of the gram pan­chay­ats that are to be in­cluded un­der the PMC, af­ter is­su­ing the req­ui­site or­ders to chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cers of zilla parishads.

The state gov­ern­ment has is­sued a no­ti­fi­ca­tion for the same, stat­ing that PMC will come into ex­is­tence on Oc­to­ber 1 on the or­ders of the gov­er­nor.

The ru­ral de­vel­op­ment had, how­ever, ear­lier this week is­sued or­ders to the zilla par­ishad CEOs. It has asked them to sub­mit a re­port with the names and ad­dresses of mem­bers of the zilla par­ishad and pan­chayat samiti.

It has also asked for res­o­lu­tions at the monthly meet­ings of gram pan­chay­ats and gram sab­has of 32 vil­lages along with that of the stand­ing com­mit­tee of Raigad zilla par­ishad. If the res­o­lu­tions are against in­clu­sion un­der the PMC, a re­port is to be sub­mit­ted.

With the PMC for­ma­tion work in full swing, the de­ci­sion of the ru­ral de­vel­op­ment depart­ment has led to con­fu­sion in the re­gion.

There is al­ready a lot of anger be­cause of the ex­clu­sion of vil­lages in the NAINA re­gion. Now, with the ru­ral de­vel­op­ment’s or­der, lo­cals are ask­ing if the PMC will hap­pen or not.

Pan­vel mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil op­po­si­tion leader Sandeep Patil said, “Vil­lages like Vichumbe, De­vad and Suka­paur, that are lo­cated next to Pan­vel, have been ex­cluded from the PMC. How­ever Dhansar, and Ro­hin­jan vil­lages have been in­cluded.”

“On one hand, the Konkan di­vi­sional com­mis­sioner is ask­ing CEOs take over the of­fices and now the ru­ral de­vel­op­ment depart­ment has is­sued a con­flict­ing or­der,” said Kashinath Patil, Pan­vel pres­i­dent of PWP. “The state gov­ern­ment has in­cluded 32 vil­lages in PMC, while the ru­ral de­vel­op­ment depart­ment is ask­ing for meet­ings of the lo­cal bod­ies to be held. All this does not make sense.”

Af­ter hold­ing mas­sive mor­chas in Beed, Au­rangabad, Parb­hani and Os­man­abad, the Maratha Kranti mor­cha is slated to be held in the his­tor­i­cal Raigad area which holds sig­nif­i­cance as the cap­i­tal of Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji Ma­haraj.

Hec­tic prepa­ra­tions are on to make the mor­cha a grand success.

The mor­chas are be­ing held to con­demn the rape and mur­der of a mi­nor girl of the Maratha com­mu­nity at Kopardi. It is also de­mand­ing can­cel­la­tion of the Atroc­ity Act, reser­va­tion for Marathas along with other de­mands of the com­mu­nity.

The mor­cha will be held at Ko­nan Bha­van on Septem­ber 21. Of­fice bear­ers from the Maratha com­mu­nity, cut­ting across party lines are pre­par­ing plans to en­sure that the mor­cha is a success. Meet­ings are be­ing held amongst them on the mor­cha to en­sure that com­mu­nity mem­bers of all par­ties par­tic­i­pate.

The Kopardi in­ci­dent has led to a po­lit­i­cal tur­moil in the state. The Maratha com­mu­nity has once again raised its voice and is de­mand­ing jus­tice for the com­mu­nity.

An or­gan­iser said, “The mor­cha will be­gin from Kharghar and pass­ing through the Sion-Pan­vel high­way reach Kokan Bha­van.”

He claimed, “Hun­dreds and thou­sands of Maratha com­mu­nity mem­bers from Raigad and Navi Mum­bai, in­clud­ing women and stu­dents will be present for the mor­cha.”

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