Indore: The double bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court has directed the Indore Municipal Corporation Commissioner to appear before the court in person on March 10 in connection with a petition filed by a social activist regarding formation of Mohalla Samiti in the City. Justices PK Jaiswal and Prakash Shrivastav heard the petition filed by social activist Kishore Kodwani regarding formation of Mohalla Samiti as stipulated by the Union Government. Though Kodwani had filed the petition in 2009, it was heard on Friday only.

It is noteworthy that in 2008, the Union Government brought a bill issuing a gazette notification to the civic bodies regarding formation of Mohalla Samitis.The Samitis are given 16 rights which include implementation of government schemes and policies, garbage management, street lights management and others. It was also decided that members of the Samiti would be elected and not nominated.

Since this was not implemented in Indore, a petition was filed by Kodwani in the High Court.The petition was heard on Friday by the double bench of the HC and the IMC Commissioner was directed to appear before the court.

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