Confusion prevails in MBMC  meet over hospital renaming

Instead of trying to start civic hospital at the earliest, NCP-led ruling alliance prefers to play the name game

Bhayandar : Unmindful of their prime responsibility of providing basic health care facilities to citizens, elected representatives in the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) got involved in an ugly blame game over the renaming of under construction municipal hospital in Bhayandar.

This became evident after pandemonium prevailed in the monthly general body meeting of the MBMC on Saturday when NCP corporator Dr Asif Shaikh moved a proposal to rename Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Municipal Hospital to Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti Municipal Hospital.

Ironically, the hospital is yet to become operational despite standing instructions from the judiciary, exposing insensitivity of the NCP-led ruling alliance and civic administration.

The MBMC general body had passed a resolution (No. 63) in 2008 christening the under construction 4-storey hospital after legendary classical vocalist Pt Bhimsen Joshi. The MBMC has also installed display boards to this effect on approach road leading to the hospital.

Shaikh who represents NCP-led ruling alliance moved a resolution under J-rule of the BPMC Act proposing the structure to be named after 12th century Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, also known as Khwaja Garib Nawaz.

This invited the ire of Shiv Sena-BJP corporators who condemned the move and vehemently opposed the resolution.

Although Congress-NCP corporators put up stiff resistance, the BJP-led opposition shot down the resolution on the virtue of their majority in the house. Crying foul over the move, Shiv Sena legislator Pratap Sarnaik said, “We are not opposed to any public building to be named after highly revered Sufi saint, but this would set up a wrong precedent of renaming at will. It insults the personality after whom a particular structure has already been named. Instead of playing such name games, the rulers should focus on development issues.” It took a rap from the judiciary for MBMC to take steps for initialising and operating the civic hospital in Bhayandar. However, the hospital is yet to become functional and rulers, instead of hastening the process of starting the much needed entity, are trying cheap publicity tactics in view of upcoming Assembly elections.

Suresh Golani

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