Panvel municipal commissioner Rajendra Nimbalkar has appealed to voters to exercise their franchise in the civic election that will be held on May 24. He has said that those who do not vote will not have the right to complain for the next five years about inadequate civic amenities and services.
The civic chief said, “We keep complaining about the lack in civic services. However, if you sit at home and do not vote, you will no longer have the right to complain.”
Saying that the biggest challenge is to ensure that residents vote in large numbers, Nimbalkar said that they have been conducting awareness drives for the past 15 days.
He added, “This is vacation time and many residents have gone out of town. It is important that those who are here, come out and vote.”
The Panvel City Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has come up with a selfie idea to woo voters.
“Five best selfies of voters from each of the 20 wards will be selected. A total of 100 people in the city will get 25% relief in property tax,” said Nimbalkar.
The PCMC has also developed mobile app PCMC voter search that gives details of the voting centre.
“Residents should take advantage of it. It will ensure fast and hassle-free voting,” said Nimbalkar.
The Hotel Owners’ Association has announced that several of its establishments will give 20% discount to voters on May 24, 25 and 26.
The PWP is contesting 58 seats, Congress 12 and the NCP eight.