The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday passed a notice of motion that wanted exemption for its corporators at all toll booths across Maharashtra and sent it to the state government for approval. According to the Indian Express, the corporators had earlier demanded a payment waiver at all toll plazas across the state. The corporators demands had been in line with the privileges enjoyed by MPs and MLAs, IE reported. Tukaram Patil of the Shiv Sena had moved the notice to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation stating the reason that a lot of corporators had to keep travelling outside Mumbai for several projects, social and political events.
Speaking to IE, Patil had said, “To provide amenities to Mumbaikars, many times the corporators have to visit the projects in other cities and attend the social and political gatherings”. The Shiv Sena leader also said that corporators even had to pay toll at toll plazas outside Mumbai, irrespective of the fact that MPs and MLAs are provided with toll waivers at toll plazas all across the state. On the same lines, toll waivers should also be given to corporators of the BMC.
Earlier, A Samajwadi Party corporator and group leader, Rais Shaikh had demanded a hike from Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000 in the honorarium of corporators. He said that the move had been targetted to encourage more professionals to join the civic body as corporators and help in boosting public services. Shaikh was of the opinion that the present remuneration was not up to the mark for the discharge of their duties as public representatives of the city.