The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has blamed mayor Sudhakar Sonawane for his failure to submit its stand on ward committees for the delay in their formation.
The ward committees were to be formed after the NMCM elections held in 2015. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had ordered a stay on their formation after the NCP got the proposal passed despite the Opposition objecting to it in the House. The state government had then asked the NMMC to submit its say within a month of the proposal being stalled.
However, the administration has now informed the NMMC general body that despite NMMC secretary Chitra Baviskar writing twice to the mayor to take up the issue at the general body meeting, the mayor is yet to do so.
“The government had stated that if the NMMC has anything to say in the matter, it should inform us within a month. Secretary Chitra Baviskar had on January 17 and February 6 written to the mayor to take the issue in the agenda. The mayor has however not taken it up,” read a statement issued by the NMMC.
“A discussion on the issue was also held with the mayor. However, with the issue still not being taken up in the general body meet in July, the municipal commissioner has asked the government to take a decision on the issue,” added the statement.
Sonawane had earlier said, “The general body is the supreme authority in the city and it had formed ward committees. The state government should respect this decision. This has become a political issue and hence, the delay. It will lead to the funds getting lapsed.”
“These committees were formed to enable certain local works on priority basis. However, it does not mean that in their absence no work will take place. We will ensure that the city does not suffer,” Sonawane had said.