Bhayandar : Demanding ‘taluka’ status to Mira Bhayandar, Shiv Sena activists led by MLA Pratap Sarnaik took out a morcha on the main administrative building of the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) on Tuesday.

Major demands of Senamen included formation of a separate taluka, setting up of district hospital, drama theatre and district court in the twin city. Sprawling across an area of 79.4 sqkm, Mira Bhayandar has already crossed the mark of 10 lakh population. The twin-city has five police stations namely Mira Road, Kashimira, Bhayandar, Navghar and Uttan which are controlled by a Deputy Superintendent of Police. The region which is blend of rural, urban and coastal areas is still waiting for its elevation into a separate taluka status. Due to the absence of a full-fledged revenue office and court, people have to travel all the way to Thane for judicial and revenue related issues. Moreover, the region still lacks a government hospital.

Launching a scathing attack on the NCP-led civic governance and administration for conniving with builders to deprive people of a much needed drama theatre, MLA Sarnaik said, “Thanks to the corruption prevailing in the MBMC plot earmarked for a drama theatre has been usurped by a builder. However, decision over other issues including court, hospital and taluka status has to be taken by the State government. We have requested the civic administration to take up the issues which would allow them to undertake and monitor development activities more effectively,” he demanded.

The agitation was withdrawn after Deputy Municipal Commissioner Vilas Dhage assured the Sena delegation to convey the issues  to the State government.

“If our demands are not met, the agitation will be launched again in a much more intensified manner,” said Shiv Sena corporator Neelam Dhawan.

Sena leaders Prabhakar Mhatre, Manoj Mayekar, Shubangi Kotian, Tara Gharat, Prashant Palande, Dhanesh Patil, Harish Aamgaonkar and others were present on the occasion.

Suresh Golani

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