Proposals worth Rs 1,800 cr sanctioned in two hours
With the election code of conduct looming large, the ruling Shiv Sena-BJP combine in the Brihan-mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is in the rush to clear pending proposals.
In a span of two hours, the Standing Committee cleared 59 of the 68 proposals on the agenda for the day, sanctioning civic projects worth over Rs 1,800 crore.
“With the Lok Sabha elections around the corner, the city should not stop development projects like concretisation of roads or other development,” said Standing Committee Chairman Ravindra Waikar.
The proposals passed on Tuesday included road work, clearing and maintenance of dams, supply of medicines and machinery for hospitals and the construction of two rail overhead bridges in Jogeshwari.
None of the proposals saw much debate.
“The ruling party was in such a hurry to pass the proposals that the first 20 proposals were passed when there were only nine corporators present, in a record time of 10 minutes,” said a corporator, on condition of anonymity.
In a similar rush at last week’s meeting, the committee passed 28 proposals in two-and-a-half hours; the week before that, 60 proposals were passed in four-and-a-half hours.
Meanwhile, one proposal that did not make it through at the Improvements Committee meeting was the Congress’s Kanda Poha stalls.
The Shiv Sena-led BMC on Tuesday rejected by a majority vote the demand for Kanda Poha stalls, even as it sanctioned 125 Shiv Vada stalls in the city.
Shiv Vada is the Shiv Sena’s branded vada pav scheme, first conceived in the wake of the anti-North Indian campaign conceived by rival MNS.
In retaliation, the Congress announced plans to promote kanda poha, another traditional Maharashtrian snack.
Now, with the election code of conduct due to kick in soon, the Congress is unlikely to be allotted any slots for the stalls.
The civic body has finalised 66 locations for 125 Shiv Vada stalls and 59 locations for kanda poha stalls in the city. This proposal, however, was not placed before the meeting.