Confusion over formation of Panvel civic body
Department calls for meetings of gram panchayats and ZP to take decision on inclusion, seeks report
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.”