AMID THE ongoing tussle between alliance partners Shiv Sena and BJP in the civic body, two key city policies — on rooftop restaurants and permitting night-time markets — are likely to come up for discussion and approval only after elections to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are held early next year. The rooftop restaurant policy, backed by Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray, has been opposed by the BJP. Similarly, the Sena has opposed the night markets plan that was mooted by BJP legislator Ameet Satam, saying that this could make the city unsafe for women.
The BJP’s night market proposal was seen as an attempt to counter the Shiv Sena’s 24*7 nightlife plan. However, both plans have been pending for approval for more than a year now. Officials said both policies were on the agenda of last month’s BMC general body meeting but were adjourned by the corporators. “Once it is adjourned, any policy comes on agenda only after three months,” said an official, indicating that the policies would come on the agenda of the January meeting.
The official added that both policies came on agenda several times this past year but were deferred owing to the lack of consensus between the two alliance partners. Sena corporators said both policies are now likely to be cleared only after the civic polls early next year. “It was adjourned in the last meeting. Though it will come after three months, the code of conduct for civic polls may be in place in January. So the proposal may come only after the polls are over,” said Trushna Vishwarao, senior Sena corporator and leader of the house.
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BJP leaders, however, said that they are keen for the night markets policy but a decision could be taken only after it is placed before the general body meeting. “We are keen to have night markets and a call on it will be taken once it is placed before the house,” said Ameet Satam, corporator and BJP legislator from Andheri (West).