The newly elected civic body has grown younger as the average age of its members has been reduced by at least 10 years; the maximum average age of the current crop of corporators has come down to 45 from 55 years.
Experts say that this shift will lead to fresh ideas, make the administration more transparent, increase its accessibility with the use of modern-age mediums, and lead to youth-centric issues taking centre stage. Some of the issues these new corporators plan to take up is education, e-governance and development of civic health infrastructure.
The youngest of the lot, engineering student Anusha Valpadasi, 21, from the Shiv Sena, managed to break the Congress’ iron grip on Dharavi. A member of Aditya Thackeray-led Yuva Sena, she says education and sanitation will be her priorities. “I want to take up issues that matter to the young generation,” said Valpadasi, while uploading pictures of her win on Facebook.
Sagar Singh, 22, son of Congress legislator Ramesh Singh Thakur and a final-year MBA student, refused a job with a multi-national company just weeks before deciding to contest civic polls. “I know I can’t sleepwalk through my five-year tenure. I want to push for e-governance — the demand of the future,” said Singh.