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In first in Maharashtra, civic body calls for banning alcohol in Panvel, Navi Mumbai

All parties adopt resolution unanimously in Panvel Municipal Corporation

mumbai Updated: Dec 20, 2017 01:05 IST
G. Mohiuddin Jeddy
G. Mohiuddin Jeddy
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,Navi Mumbai,Panvel
Karghar, which falls under the PMC, has already been alcohol-free for 10 years(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

In the first such instance in the state, corporators cutting across party lines have approved a resolution in Panvel Municipal Corporation (PMC) general body meeting to ban alcohol in the Panvel region.

The unanimously passed proposal will now be sent to the state government for sanction. Kharghar area, which falls under PMC, has for around 10 years been an alcohol-free zone following a decision by the local panchayat and efforts of the locally formed Sangharsh Samiti.

Following the formation of PMC last year, and the civic elections in May this year, at the first general body meeting held, opposition leader Pritam Mhatre had submitted a calling attention motion seeking a ban on alcohol shops in the region. House leader Paresh Thakur had in turn asked for a complete ban on alcohol in the Panvel region.

There had not been any movement on the resolution over the past few months. On Monday, corporator Arvind Mhatre once again raised the issue, asking what had been done in the matter. The opposition alleged that the ruling party was not in its favour. Following heated exchanges and slogan shouting the resolution was declared passed by mayor Kavita Chautmal.

Chautmal said, “It is a matter of pride for me as a woman that the proposal has been passed by PMC during my tenure. We will take up the proposal in right earnest with the government. I will take personal interest in it.”

According to municipal commissioner Sudhakar Shinde, “PMC is the first civic body in the state to pass such a resolution. We will follow up on the issue with the state government.”

Box: Implementation through referendum

The implementation of the proposal is going to be a tough task. The powers to implement it fall under the jurisdiction of the district collector. The collector will have to hold a referendum in each of the nodes of Panvel on the issue.

Sudhir Pokle, superintendent, state excise department, Panvel said, “The PMC resolution does not mean there will be an immediate ban on sale of alcohol in the region. It requires sanction of the district collector.”

He added, “Thereafter, area-wise referendum will be held. It will require over 50% yes vote for the decision to be implemented. The collector will then take requisite action.”

First Published: Dec 20, 2017 00:33 IST