Vijay Thakare, a 60-year-old engineer will be the second citizen candidate in the city to vie for the position of municipal councilor, as the city goes to polls in February 2012.
Thakare, an IIT alumnus and a retired chief engineer with the housing board, was selected from among three candidates by a voters' representative council, comprising representatives from 20 registered organisations in Juhu on Saturday.
In November, Powai (ward no. 115) became the first ward to field a citizen's candidate, Thelma D'souza, for the 2012 polls.
Adolf D'Souza, who created history in 2007 as the first citizen corporator in the city, is the present corporator of Juhu ward, but did not contest this time, as the ward is reserved for the Other Backward Castes candidate.
"Initially, I had no plans of venturing into politics. However, there is a need for a new culture to be cultivated, whereby people can have a wider choice while voting, instead of choosing from candidates nominated from political parties," said Thakare, after his victory.
While freeing the pavements of hawkers is at the top of his agenda, Thakare said that we would also work on improving water supply for Juhu residents.
"I want to make this ward an ideal, for other wards to look up to," he said. He also plans to form an advisory committee of citizens who will assist him in matters at the level of the ward, head office and state government.
Thakare appealed for support from city residents during upcoming civic elections. "I appeal to the people to support me at the crucial stage," he said.