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Bombay High Court orders state to issue notification of formation Panvel corporation

The Bombay High Court has asked state government to issue notification of formation Panvel corporation within seven days and report the same to the court after hearing a petition on Tuesday. The state government has filed an affidavit that it has no problem in the formation of Panvel municipal corporation if court asks the same.

Earlier, the election commission had raised concern over upgradation of Panvel council to corporation and had asked the state government to carry out the corporation formation process after the council election scheduled at the end of 2016. There was fear among officials that there may by problem in the formation of corporation as election is due of Panvel council. They had given reference of Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation where 27 villages had opted out of the corporation.

Fearing that similar situation may arise during the formation of Panvel corporation, election commission had asked the state government to postponed the process for the time being. However, Panvel BJP unit took the matter to Bombay high court and demanded the formation as this has been their long pending demands.

Nitin Patwardhan, senior BJP leader from Panvel who filed the petition said, “We presented the current scenario in Panvel and need for the formation of corporation before the court.” After hearing, the court asked the state government to present its stand on the formation of Panvel corporation. The state government in the affidavit submitted to the court, said that government has no issue in formation if court asks for the same. And if the court does not ask for formation of corporation, it is bound to abide by the election commission request.

Patwardhan said, “Since the court has asked state government to issue notification of upgradation of Panvel council to corporation, now there is no hurdle.”

The authority had received around 3900 objections and suggestions and it already carried out hearing on June 30.

The maximum objections were received from Kharghar with over 2700. Kharghar residents have been demanding to remain with the Cidco and completion of all development works before merging with the new corporation. Residents claim that only 40% development has been carried out of the node. But, during the hearing, Kharghar residents from where the maximum views were received by the authority, were also found divided over exclusion from proposed corporation.

The Maharashtra state government had issued notification to upgrade the Panvel Municipal Council (PMC) to corporation in May, comprising 68 villages, including Kharghar, Kalamboli, New Panvel and Kamothe nodes.

The state had constituted a study committee to scrutinise all the possibilities and to look into different parameters of giving a status of corporation to Panvel.

Now 68 villages in the taluka will be a part of the corporation.

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