Citizen activists across the city have criticised the corporators’ demand of being granted complimentary life membership of municipal swimming pools and clubs.
Krishnaraj Rao, member of Right to Information Union, said: “We will convey the corporators’ demand to mayor Shraddha Jadhav. Corporators are least interested in public service. Political parties should not entertain such demands.”
The activists also plan to hold a signature campaign to protest against the move. “Why should taxpayers bear the burden of privileges given to councillors?” asked Naresh Karmalker, trustee, H-West federation.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has found another solution to the issue. Rahul Shewale, chairman, standing committee, said: “There is no harm in granting concession. Corporators, ex-corporators, senior citizens and children below 14 years would get 50% discount.”
Nayana Kathpalia, co-convener, City space, said: “Let the corporators formulate the policy and get citizens’ views on it.”