Mumbai Mayor announces members only from ruling parties to hear DP

Mayor announces the names of members only from ruling parties (Sena-BJP), excludes opposition leader from Congress

Mumbai: City Mayor Snehal Ambekar has finally announced the names of the three civic standing committee members from the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) on the panel that will hear suggestions and objections to the revised draft Development Plan (DP) 2034. It has invited criticism as the opposition leader Pravin Chheda (Congress) has termed it has pure corruption and has threatened to approach the High Court.

The panel has two Shiv Sena and one BJP members, namely leader of the house Trushna Vishwarao, standing committee chairman Yashodhar Phanse, and BJP leader Manoj Kotak. The decision was taken in the civic general body meeting on Friday. Chheda walked out of the meeting saying that this decision is unfair and is pure corruption.

The decision was taken after two months after the state director of town planning appointed three experts on the panel – retired additional chief secretary Gautam Chatterjee, retired chief civic engineer Sudhir Ghate and retired deputy director of town planning Suresh V Surve who are already hearing the suggestions and objections raised by the government department.

Earlier this week, it was decided in the group leaders’ meeting that all the group leaders will be a part of the panel. However, that is not possible under the MRTP Act 1966. Chheda wrote a letter to the civic chief Ajoy Mehta says that giving an opportunity always to the ruling parties is unfair which would lead to further corruption. Opposition parties should be given a chance to be a part of the panel as DP is for the well being of the honest tax payers of the city and not for politicians.

“The deadline to hear the suggestions and objections is October 12. Since the MCGM has appointed the panel now the deadline would be extended,” said a senior civic official.

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