NMC’s GBM on Feb 12 is likely to be a stormy affair

Nagpur: The General Body Meeting (GBM) of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Friday (February 12) could be a stormy affair irrespective of discussion on various vital issues. The GBM, to be held at Mahal-based Raje Raghojirao Bhonsale Nagarbhavan (Town Hall) is likely to witness Corporators from opposition as well as ruling benches raising various issues followed by hot discussions.

During the Question Hour, BSP Corporator Murlidhar Meshram is likely to raise the issue of repairs and maintenance of Phule Market building while another member of the party, Gautam Patil is set to raise the issue of revenue collection by Market Department from 2012 till 2016. The Leader of Opposition Vikas Thakre is set to corner NMC Administration over a slew of issues including problems of Sitabuldi Main Road hawkers, medical and travelling allowance (Air and Railway) for NMC office-bearers-officials. BJP’s Prakash Totwani may raise the issue pertaining to Garden Department and lakes/tanks in city while party’s Pravin Bhisikar could put the NMC administration on the edge over the issue of permission granted by Hot Mix Department over laying of optical fibre network by Reliance and other companies from the year 2013 to 2016.

Apart from the contentious issues being raised during Question Hour, the GBM may witness wordy duels between ruling and opposition benches over the issue of expenditure on vehicles provided to top officials on rental basis and their own vehicles. The contradictory decisions taken by Mayor and Standing Committee over the issue is likely to spark hot discussion in the House.

The House is also likely to deliberate on whether the social welfare schemes meant for backward classes are being implemented in proper manners or not. The issues of development of Rajabaxa Hanuman Mandir as “B” Category pilgrimage centre and provision in budget for the same, development of Hudkeshwar (Bujurg) area, construction of new building for APMC in Phule Market area, appointment of new eight members in place of retired members of the Standing Committee and other issues are likely to be discussed in the GBM.

– Rajeev Ranjan Kushwaha ( rajeev.nagpurtoday@gmail.com )