Whoever ruled the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC), the script has stayed constant as far as the endemic trend of naming or renaming of roads, lanes, chowks, civic properties or any nook and cranny of the twin-city is concerned. While most are aptly in memory of national heroes, historic, religious and prominent personalities, some have been named after the kin of politicians, builders, local bigwigs and also hale and hearty sitting municipal corporators having no significant social contribution to the society at large.
However, in order to break the trend and ensure that mandated norms including verification of credentials are religiously followed, the civic administration has tabled a proposal before the general body to review the policy for naming places after any individual or organization. Apart from other guidelines and eligibility criteria, the naming proposal is all set to have another tick on their checklist — a character clearance certificate from the police department. “
The corporation is flooded with renaming requests, however to ensure that there is no controversy or violation of mandated guidelines, we have drafted the proposal which will be tabled for discussions in the upcoming general body meeting which has been scheduled via video conferencing on Wednesday.” confirmed, municipal commissioner-Dilip Dhole.”
“ It’s a good move, in fact the civic administration should also think about putting up a board next to road signage with a brief introduction of the personality and his/her contribution to the society.” said,Congress corporator- Merlyn D’sa. There have been instances in which naming issues have snowballed into major controversies also leading to law and order problems. In such situations, the police have to play a major role in maintaining peace in the area.