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After two years MBMC meeting goes offline; Corporators seen busy online 

MBMC passed the budget of Rs. 2252 crores without hassle.

After two years, the Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC) held an offline General Body Meeting on Wednesday. It seems that, while the important discussion on the annual budget was going on in this General Body Meeting, many corporators were seen busy online through the social media site.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the General Body Assembly has not been convened for the last two years. On Wednesday, the MBMC decided to hold the General Body Meeting offline and pass the annual budget of the corporation. While important discussions were going on the annual budget, it has been seen that many corporators are busy watching Facebook and WhatsApp videos. Therefore, the general assembly is convened for these people’s representatives to speak on serious issues in the city; however, their behavior shows how much importance they are giving to the twin city.

For the development of city, these people’s representatives are selected through an election process from each area. So, the various issues in the city should be solved through these corporators. However, the question arises here, how the development will take place with these irresponsible corporators. They are busy on their mobile, even after two years they met face to face to make important decision. It seems as an insult of the General Assembly that corporators spending their time online on social media, when important discussion were going on.  

Since BJP has two third majority with 63 corporators in Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation, the resolution has been accepted without much discussion.

Rs.2252 crores budget passed in MBMC for 2022-2023

The Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) on Wednesday rolled out an annual budget of Rs 2,227 crores for the financial year 2022-23. It was further escalated by Rs 25 crores to an all-time high of Rs 2,252.65 crores. This has been passed in the general body on the virtue of the majority enjoyed by the BJP, amidst sharp criticism from the opposition.

Commissioner Dilip Dhole had submitted the budget of MBMC for 2022-2023 amounting to Rs. 1,817.90 crore. The Standing Committee increased it by 408 crores to 2,225 crore 90 lakhs. Standing Committee Chairman Rakesh Shah presented the budget to Mayor Jyotsna Hasnale at the general body meeting on Wednesday. The ruling BJP has increased the budget by another Rs 25 crore. Significantly, the total budget of the corporation has been approved by the general body has touched Rs. 2252 crores, which is all time high.

Congress corporator Anil Sawant said, “The budget is highly inflated with unrealistic targets and unmindful calculations.”

On the issue of waiving property tax on 500-foot houses, the ruling BJP disputed that the provision of Rs. 110 crores grant from the state government for the same. Opponents point out that the BJP does not want to waive the property tax of the citizens. So, the MBMC is pointing the finger at the state government without taking any responsibility.