Just before the Assembly elections the Shiv Sena dominated civic standing committee on Friday gave a hurried nod to three proposals totalling worth Rs 393 crore during a 90-minute meeting.
The three projects are the Rs 243-crore redevelopment project at R.N. Cooper Hospital, Rs 97 crore to set up a trauma centre in Jogeshwari and Rs 53 crore allotment for the redevelopment of Poonam Nagar Market in Andheri.
“The standing committee has cleared three major projects and Uddhav Thackeray would be laying the foundation stone for them on August 15,” said Standing Committee chairman and Sena leader Ravindra Waikar.
Apparently, the projects were given a nod in a hurry as after the code of conduct is in effect there will be no chance for any of the proposal to get a clearance in the civic standing committee.
The Assembly elections are likely to be held in October.
There have been times when the standing committee has delayed projects.
The latest among them being that of the Deonar dumping ground which was delayed till a recent high court verdict cleared the project.
The Opposition has accused the Sena of using these developmental projects to appease the voters just before the polls.
“Sena had tried similar stunts before the parliamentary elections. But the voters are very intelligent and by doing this they would just show their weakness and insecurity,” said Congress corporator Sameer Desai.
Desai also pointed that the work order for the Cooper hospital project cannot be given till August 21 due to a high court order following a dispute between a contractor and the municipal body.
In that case the inauguration would be a complete mockery.
The Opposition leaders said they did not oppose the proposals as it would have given the Sena a chance to accuse them of acting against the interest of the city.
“If we would not have cleared the proposals in one meeting the code of conduct would have delayed the projects,” said Maharashtra Navnirman Sena corporator Rajendra Lad.