As a part of the drive to make the city hassle-free as far as traffic is concerned, municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal has prepared the proposal that will come up for discussion in the maiden meeting of the general body. The meeting has been convened by mayor Anil Sole on April 30. If the proposal is approved, suggestions and objections will be invited from citizens before it is sent to the state government for amendments in the by-laws.
According to the proposal, new and renovated buildings will have to leave more space for parking of vehicles. The revised by-laws will be implemented for all types of buildings. For example, the existing bylaws make it mandatory for a hospital to have parking space for 11 vehicles, including three cars, four two-wheelers and four bicycles. In the revised bylaws, the parking space should be for 18 vehicles, including six cars, eight two-wheelers and four bicycles.
Besides, 15 other proposals will come up for discussion in the meeting. One of the important proposals is related to distribution of wards among 10 zones. There is also a proposal to increase FSI of private medical institutions by a whopping 150% in non-congested areas, subject to prior permission from the state government.
To reduce the cost of wheat, rice, tur dal, sugar and palm oil distributed under public distribution system, the government has asked local bodies to exempt them from octroi. This proposal will also come up for discussion.
Another proposal is to increase fees of medical services at NMC hospitals. Another proposal includes no change of user at sites of petrol/diesel/other fuel pumps in keeping with a government resolution, approval of environment status report for 2010-11, appointment of 15 members to Tree Authority (which decides proposals to chop trees), change in dress code of firemen on the lines of Pune, appointment of top level officials in fire department etc.
A proposal that may invited strong opposition from the opposition is related to giving permission for allotment of vehicles to officials and office bearers. As per existing bylaws, vehicles are permitted only for mayor and municipal commissioner, and one common vehicle for general use. Violating the norms, vehicles are given to all head of departments, top officials, engineers and office bearers. Leader of opposition Vikas Thakre had many times raised the issue but nothing had been done about it. If the proposal is approved, the vehicles will be allowed for all as per bylaws.
The meeting will also see some suspense as a proposal to appoint a corporator as trustee of NIT will come for discussion. Sudhakar Kohle was the NIT trustee for last five years and is in the race again due to his good performance. Former chairman of standing committee Sandip Joshi and senior corporator Balya Borkar from East Nagpur, who is a close aide of BJP city president MLA Krishna Khopde, are also in the race.
Interestingly, the proposal to appoint five nominated corporators is not on the agenda. As per latest amendment by the government, the general body was to appoint nominated corporators at the meeting convened to elect the mayor and deputy mayor. But it could not happen as agenda for the election had been released earlier. However, the proposal was to be taken up at the first GB meeting. As the issue between the Congress and BSP is yet to be solved, the proposal has not been put on agenda. But convening the meeting without the proposal is being questioned.
Laxmi Nagar Zone
24-Vayu Sena Nagar
Hanuman Nagar Zone
Nehru Nagar Zone
13-Rani Durgawati Nagar
Ashi Nagar Zone
3-Garib Nawaz Nagar
9-Police Line Takli
News taken from TOI