Urban Development Department’s Principal Secretary T C Benjamin showers praises on Sandeep Thakur for public interest activism

The Urban Development Department’s Principal Secretary T C Benjamin has showered praises on RTI activist Sandeep Thakur for his social activism. In a letter written after a hearing, T C Benjamin praised Sandeep Thakur in writing over the parking concern raised by him.

RTI Activist Sandeep Thakur is at the receiving end of praises and appreciation by none other than the Principal Secretary of the State Urban Development Dept. T C Benjamin. It was actually a High Court order from where it all began. It may be recalled that RTI Activist Sandeep Thakur had gone to court against the parking relief given for construction of residential complexes. The RTI Activist went to court as the Urban Development Dept. did not give a hearing to Sandeep Thakur over the issue.

While hearing the case, the High Court directed the Principal Secretary of UDD T C Benjamin to give Sandeep Thakur a special hearing on his objections. Accordingly a hearing was called for on 18th of July in the office of the Principal Secretary in Mantralaya. NMMC Commissioner Bhaskar Wankhede, NMMC Asst. Director of Town Planning Sanjay Banait were also present for the hearing where Sandeep Thakur kept his concerns and objections in front of T C Benjamin.

Post the hearing, T C Benjamin has ordered NMMC to re-do the survey. However, social activist Sandeep Thakur though positive about the meeting is a tad disappointed that Principal Secretary has not given any notification on it yet. While Sandeep Thakur will be following up the issue until the notification is out, what has become a subject of much talks in NMMC is the praise that T C Benjamin has showered on Sandeep Thakur. In the concluding paragraph of his letter after the hearing, T C Benjamin has written “In passing, I wish to place on record my appreciation for civic sense shown by the petitioner, who appears has gone in Public Interest Litigation out of sheer altruistic intentions, which have become so rare these days.”.

Sandeep Thakur is all smiles when you point out the praise written in the letter. Who says the times of leaders like Mahatama Gandhi, Lokmany Tilak, Bhagat Singh and scores others who stood up for integrity, responsibility and public concerns are gone. In activist like Sandeep Thakur, these ethical values are kept alive even in this era of corruption, greed and selfishness. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.

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