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Govt cancels coordination panel meeting

The state government cancelled the Coordination Committee (Samanvay Samiti) meeting — scheduled on Monday after a gap of 12 years — at the last minute.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: August 13, 2013 12:51:46 am

The state government cancelled the Coordination Committee (Samanvay Samiti) meeting — scheduled on Monday after a gap of 12 years — at the last minute. This has upset BMC officials,who say several important issues were to be discussed at the meeting.

The committee headed by the Chief Minister comprises secretaries of various state departments,civic officials,mayor,municipal commissioner,corporators,MMRDA officials and other public agencies such as PWD and the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA).

“Many important issues,including pending and ongoing projects,were to be discussed with the state government. The meeting,to be held after years,was cancelled. This shows how interested the state government is in the city’s problems,” said Mayor Sunil Prabhu.

He added that one of the crucial issues to be discussed was the Rs 2,536 crore the state government owes BMC in the form of grants,aid,local taxes refund,property taxes and sewage and water supply charges.

“In addition to projects awaiting state government approval,major problems plaguing the city,such as potholes,management of city roads under one agency,open spaces and hawker policy,and redevelopment were also up for discussion. The meeting was cancelled indefinitely without any official reason being given,” said committee member and Samajwadi Party corporator Rais Shaikh.

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