Shiv Sena corporator MK Madhvi and BJP corporator Ramchandra Gharat on Thursday targeted standing committee chairman Netra Shirke for not allowing them to speak on the issue of dangerous buildings and increasing menace of dengue in the city.
They targeted Shirke even as the chairman tried to explain that a special meeting has been convened to discuss the issue in detail by the mayor.
“We are sleeping in air-conditioned rooms, but people outside are battling malaria and dengue. There was a need to discuss the issue during the meeting today when all the proposals mentioned in the agenda were over,” pointed out Madhvi after the meeting.
Gharat, said, “The issue of dangerous buildings is raging on in the entire state and there is a need to discuss the status of dangerous buildings in NMMC area. It is an important issue.” However, chairman Shirke informed both the members that mayor has convened a special session to discuss the issue and it cannot be discussed at this forum.
Agitated by refusal to allow them to speak, Madhvi and Gharat accused the chairman of gagging their voice. “What is the use of having such meetings where we are not allowed to raise the issues of general public. They should send us agenda at our home. When discussions are not allowed it is pointless to come here,” said Madhvi.
Cases of malaria and dengue have been on a rise in the satellite city after the monsoon became active. The situation is so grim that civic hospitals are not having enough beds to treat the patients.
The issue of dangerous buildings came to the forefront after two buildings collapsed in Thane in one week recently. NMMC came out with an advisory asking residents of such buildings to vacate the premises, but corporators are pointing out that there is no plan B in place with NMMC to rehabilitate these residents.