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‘Give pay and park contracts to locals’

The Shiv Sena has now taken the sons of the soil issue to Mumbai’s parking lots.

india Updated: Dec 10, 2009 01:48 IST
HT Correspondent

The Shiv Sena has now taken the sons of the soil issue to Mumbai’s parking lots.

The law committee of the Sena-ruled Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday cancelled the tender invitation for fresh contracts to run 84 pay and park lots because the notice did not say the Marathi manoos would get preference.

The tender was floated by the BMC’s road and traffic department on Monday.

Sena corporator and member of the law committee Manmohan Chonkar said that the tender invitation had ignored the sons of soil.

“We had amended the [pay and park] proposal to ensure that the sons of the soil be given priority in awarding fresh contracts for the next two years,” said Chonkar. “This was not followed by the traffic department and not even mentioned in the tender notice.”

Other members of the law committee also supported Chonkar.

The chairman of the committee Ramakant Rahate has ordered civic law officials to cancel the tender and issue a fresh tender notice with all amendments included. However, S V Joshi chief engineer (civic roads and traffic department) said, “I am not aware of any such order but will check.”

The road and traffic department’s assessment of the availability of parking space in the city revealed that at least 4,000 private vehicles could be parked in these 84 lots.