Ruckus was witnessed at the PMC general body meeting on Thursday with elected representatives turning aggressive over the proposal to permit construction on land reserved for bio diversity park (BDP). Municipal Secretary Sunil Parkhi,who had to face the heat due to pressure from corporators,had to be taken to a hospital after he felt uneasy during the meeting.
The ruling NCP corporators had proposed a resolution to allow construction at 10 per cent area of the plots in BDP. The Congress,MNS and Shiv Sena opposed the move,seeking adjournment of the meeting to condemn the recent incident of rape of a girl. The NCP did not accept the request of adjournment without taking a decision on the resolution of BDP.
The opposition parties demanded that the decision on resolution be taken only after holding a discussion on it,but the NCP corporators did not accept the demand and Mayor Chanchala Kodre called for voting on it. This led to chaos at the general body meeting with corporators raising slogans against each other.
The municipal secretary was reportedly pushed by some corporators. The Congress,Shiv Sena and MNS staged a walkout on the voting,while protesting that the NCP did not allow them to hold a discussion on it.
The BDP issue has been in controversy with NCP corporators opposing the state governments decision to disallow construction in the reserved green area. Most NCP corporators are from 23 villages where there is a maximum of BDP land.
City NCP chief Vandana Chavan said she opposed the stand taken by NCP corporators at the PMC general body meet. I was told that the decision on the resolution would not be taken. I had urged them to discuss the issue with senior party leaders before taking a stand. The construction in BDP area should not be allowed, she said.