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Sitaram Kunte shoots down Shiv Sena-BJP effort to save illegal flats

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 - 8:45am IST | Agency: dna

The Shiv Sena-BJP efforts to put pressure on the BMC to clear its stand on saving the illegal flats in Worli's Campa Cola compound were shot down by civic chief Sitaram Kunte on Monday.

Last week, standing committee chairman Yashodhar Phanase wrote to Kunte asking him to hold a special meeting to discuss the Campa Cola compound row and clear the stand the BMC was going to take. Phanase had demanded Kunte convene the meeting using his powers under section 49 (C) of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1888.

Replying to the letter, Kunte said the apex court was hearing a review petition in connection with its old order of February 2013 to demolish the illegal flats.

"Since the matter is being heard by the court and the BMC has been following it, it won't be appropriate to convene a special meeting in this connection," Kunte said.

Meanwhile, Phanase refused to comment on Kunte's stand. "What the commissioner has done is as per norms. But we will see if a special BMC general body meeting can be convened to discuss the issue. This we can do by taking signatures of four standing committee members. But we will first figure out the norms in this regard," he added.

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