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Warring factions lead to worries about projects

mumbai Updated: Jun 23, 2011 02:20 IST
Prajakta Chavan
Prajakta Chavan
Hindustan Times
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The ongoing dispute for power between the two factions of the Malabar Hill Residents’ Association (MHRA), a body of the active citizens, has raised serious questions over the future of their ambitious projects.

Currently, both Indrani Malkani and Anita Garware claim that they hold the post of the secretary of the association. So, both the groups held the annual general body meeting (AGM) – to elect the executive committee members -- separately on Sunday.

The association has initiated several citizen-civic partnership projects in the past. One of them being Brand Malabar, a concept conceived by the residents and civic body to give the area a distinct identity. Ham Radio is another project wherein the residents get the radio-transmitted messages during a crisis.

Pramod Mandrekar, councillor, Malabar Hill, said: “The dispute won’t affect the projects as they are run and funded by the corporation.”

Following the AGM, Malkani called for the executive committee meeting. “Four executive committee members have been elected in the AGM. The committee will now vote for office-bearers,” confirmed Malkani.

Unlike Malkani, other founder members don’t feel the committee is valid. “I have received a notice sent by some Ms Indrani who has no right to send it. So, I am not going to be concerned about it” said a founder member Dilip Udeshi.

Anita Garware, another founder member, said, “Those who don’t hold any post cannot call for meeting.”