If you’re unhappy with the civic body’s plans to hike water and sewerage taxes, you can register your objections now.
In the first such exercise, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) standing committee, which takes the final decision on the proposed hikes, on Thursday invited citizens’ opinions and recommendations on the budget.
Your can send your suggestions between March 26 and April 4 to Rahul Shewale, chairman of the standing committee.
This exercise — Shewale’s brainchild — is aimed at involving citizens in the planning and allocation of funds.
“Citizens have never been consulted, though every activity we undertake affects their life. They must have a say in the way we plan projects,” he said. Shewale said he would go through all recommendations and after consulting other members of the committee, decide on them. As per rules, the committee’s amendments are final and binding.
Activists such as Ashok Rawat, a Shivaji Park resident, are taking the initiative with a pinch of salt. “The BMC should consult citizens before it presents the budget. Now there is little chance that it will make grand changes.”