Thursday, 27 June 2013 12:20

LSP Demands Apology from Squabbling BMC Corporators in the House,calls for Public Consultation on Mahalaxmi Racecourse Issue

Lok Satta Party today slammed the deplorable conduct of Corporators squabbling in the house which resulted in physical assault and scuffle between Congress-NCP and Shiv Sena corporators over the redevelopment of Mahalaxmi Race course. Apparently women corporators were involved in the scuffle as well.

Speaking on the matter, Dr. Kedar Diwan, President of Lok Satta Maharashtra with additional charge of Mumbai unit said that corporators are custodians of the city government on behalf of the citizens of Mumbai and not self-styled unaccountable monarchs. Entrenched political parties continue to brazenly let its cadre get away with such attacks on public faith in the house - a "temple of democracy".  He demanded that the political parties involved should apologize to the people of Mumbai on the shameful conduct of their corporators.

Maharashtra General Secretary, Mr Rajesh Jogani added that Mumbaikars need to note these instances and unite for the urgent need of credible political alternatives. Instead of discussion and debate, many of the current lot of corporators resort to violence and hooliganism. Time that should be spent on discussing issues like building collapses, poor infrastructure, garbage mismanagement, monsoon and traffic woes as well as the Mahalaxmi Race course redevelopment is spent on vandalism. "When the city is crumbling with issues of mere survival becoming urgent, the law makers are busy with petty politicking and creating ruckus. How can Mumbaikars continue to trust such people to run their city?", he asked.

Dr. Diwan went on to add that on the Mahalaxmi Racecourse issue, Lok Satta Party calls for a wide and extensive 'Public Consultation' before any decision is taken unilaterally by the state and city governments. He noted that Mumbai has a pathetic people to open space ratio of 0.04 acres per 1000 people which is well below the global average of 4 acres per 1000 people and even Delhi has marched ahead to 3.5 acres per 1000 people. Mumbai lost the opportunity to create open spaces during mill land redevelopment as well. Dr.Diwan rued the fact that today a vast majority of schools do not have playing grounds and most children dont have access to playing facilities across the length and breadth of the city.

The need for planning more open spaces is very pressing and Lok Satta demands that any decision on the racecourse involve greater consultations with the people of Mumbai and the institution of a transparent process to decide the fate of the racecourse.

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