A few months after three corporators of Navi Mumbai Municipal corporation (NMMC) were disqualified for “engaging and promoting unauthorized constructions“, 13 more corporators are facing the threat of disqualification over similar charges. This includes Shivram Patil, Anita Patil, Aakash Madhvi, Vinaya Madhvi, MK Madhvi, Raju Kamble Bahadur Bisht, Jagdish Gavte & Shubhangi Gavte all from Shiv Sena. Other than this Munawar Patel from NCP and Mandakini Mhatre from Congress are also under scanner. Political observers say this could be one of the key reasons for the rebellion against civic commissioner Tukaram Mundhe.
The orders for disqualification of three corporators -standing committee chairman Shivram Patil, his wife Anita Patil and Bahadur Singh Bisht -are likely to be issued soon, sources said adding that 10 others will soon receive notices from NMMC following land surveys based on complaints of illegal constructions. A majority of these corporators are from the Shiv Sena. Mundhe informed that “Shivram Patil and Anita Patil were summoned for final hearing on October 28. The final order of disqualification will be issued soon. Show cause notice was issued to Bisht asking him why he should not be disqualified for illegal construction. It will come up for hearing post Diwali.“
About the other10 corporators, a senior civic official said, “We have sought details from MIDC and CIDCO, on whose land they have allegedly constructed illegal structures to verify their involvement.“
RTI activist Rajeev Mishra said, “Complaints have been lodged against 10 corporators -six from the Sena, two from BJP , and one each from the Congress and the NCP . The civic administration has assured survey and necessary action.“
MK Madhavi, a Sena corporator facing the charges, said, “I have not indulged in any illegal construction. I am ready to let the civic officials conduct the survey of my properties.“
Three corporators belonging to the ruling NCP -Navin Gavate, his wife Aparna Gavate and his sister-in-law Deepa Gavate -were disqualified by Mundhe in July . They approached the high court and obtained a stay till January 27, 2017.
Meanwhile, police personnel have been deployed at the NMMC headquarters after the no-confidence motion and threats of violence by the corporators.