The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s general body passed 49 proposals for renaming of roads and chowks in their wards in the race to get work completed before the election code of conduct sets in.
During the civic general body meeting on Friday, 110 proposals were passed in just over an hour. Of these, 57 were of an ‘urgent business’ nature and as many as 49 were about renaming of roads and chowks.
It may be recalled that in the civic house meeting held on November 21, 53 renaming proposals were hastily passed by corporators. This means in the last two house meetings, 102 renaming proposals have been approved.
Civic officials said as the polls are barely a month-and-a-half away, corporators want to woo voters by renaming roads and chowks after religious leaders, politicians, martyrs and social workers in their wards.
“We wanted to name redone roads after people who have done something for the city,” said Ghatkopar Corporator Kumar Pandey-Patil.
A performance assessment of city corporators carried out by the Praja foundation in 2009 on the basis of an RTI application showed that about one fifth of the questions were asked about renaming of roads during ward committee meetings.
Of 1,382 questions asked at ward committee meetings, 258 were on renaming of roads.