After the mayor and the standing committee corporators faced flak over a ‘study tour’ to Andman & Nicobar islands, 108 corporators from three committees have canceled their tours to Sikkim and Kerala this week.
Civic officials said that as per the plan, the public health committee was supposed to go to Sikkim between February 2 and 7. The works committee (city) and the law committee had planned to go to Kerala for a study tour between February 8 and February 12. The tours were canceled following the hue and cry over the Andaman tour, said the official. He added that the bookings made for the tour were also canceled.
Another official said that the civic body would bear the losses incurred due to the cancellation of the bookings and might not recover it from the corporators.
Sampat Thakur, chairman of works committee (city admitted, “The plan was to visit Kochin and Trivendram. However, following the hue and cry over the standing committee visit, we canceled the tour.”
Sunita Yadav, chairman of the health committee told The Indian Express that the tour was canceled due to the low number of members. “Only five members were ready for the tour, and hence, it was canceled,” she said.
Krishna Parkar, chairman of the law committee said that a quorum of nine corporators was required for the tour. “While nine corporators had confirmed to come to the tour, two of them were likely to pull out. So, then we decided to cancel the tour,” said Parkar.
The corporators who went to Andaman had faced flak for being on a tour while the city was struggling with the Deonar fire.