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NMC Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe must act in accordance with MMC Act: Dipen Agrawal

Dipen Agrawal (President, CAMIT) and Cabinet Minister Dr Nitin Raut

Dipen Agrawal (President, CAMIT) submitting CAMIT’s demand to Cabinet Minister Dr Nitin Raut

Reacting to NMC Commissioner Tukaram Mundhes recent directives to business establishments to obtain license from the civic body, Dipen Agrawal, President of Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra Industry and Trade (CAMIT) said that Mundhes directives are ultra vires to the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, 1949. According to Agrawal, Mundhes action is not only arbitrary but is also against the well settled proposition of law. 

Agrawal said, The decision testifies the belief of the traders that they are soft targets available to the administration to thrash and browbeat them now and then. It will increase inspector raj, open floodgates for corruption and hamper the ease of doing business initiated by Union and State Government.

Agrawal added, Municipal Commissioner has assumed arbitrary and unbridled discretionary powers to regulate all business/commercial activities within the city limits of Nagpur, whereas the Act empowers him to regulate only selective commodities above specified quantities and activities, which may create nuisance or danger to public safety and health. Section 376 of Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, Section 229 of Nagpur Municipal Corporation Act, Section 394 of Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act and Sections 280 and 281 of Maharashtra Municipal Council, Nagar Panchayats and Industrial Township Act operate in the same field i.e. to regulate certain activities so that they do not cause any danger to the health and property of the residents.

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Agrawal pointed that the Supreme Court has held that a discretion conferred upon an authority is arbitrary and unfettered if there is no appeal from his decision and such discretion is likely to cause injustice and therefore such a conferment of discretion cannot be upheld by the courts. Contrary to this, the order says that the Commissioners decision is final and binding on all. 

Thus, if there is no higher authority prescribed in the order who could examine the propriety of these reasons and revise or review the decision, the provision to communicate the rejection of application remains only for the personal or subjective satisfaction of the Commissioner and do not give any remedy to the aggrieved person, added Agrawal.

Agrawal said, The powers of Municipal Commissioner are not absolute. They are subjected to approval and sanctions from corporation and Standing Committee as prescribed in the Act. It appears that the Commissioner has circumvented the provisions of the MMC Act regarding sanction from Corporation to fix fee and has assumed the power to revise the same from time to time.

CAMIT has appealed Dr Nitin Raut, Cabinet Minister and Guardian Minister for Nagpur, and the State Government to intervene and cancel Mundhes order dated July 27 by invoking powers conferred on state under Section 464 of MMC Act. Agrawal, during a meeting with Dr Raut, informed him that the odd-even formula has been relaxed in Mumbai and shops for non-essential goods are now permitted to open 6 days a week on both sides of the lane and requested that similar relaxation should be provided for traders in Nagpur. Dr Raut patiently heard the issues raised by CAMIT and assured to take up the matter with CM Uddhav Thackeray. 

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Purva Kothari’s jewellery collection sparkles at ‘Intrea’ exhibition in Nagpur

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Radhika Dhawad | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

Amid festivities, jewellery designer Purva Kothari conducted a two-day exhibition of diamond studded jewellery at Jawaharlal Darda Art Gallery in Nagpur on October 1 and 2.

Purva, in the past, has enticed celebrities including Director at Reliance Industries Nita Ambani, Varsha Patel wife of former minister Praful Patel, Founder at Videocon Venugopal Dhoot, Founder Chairman at GMR Group GM Rao and endorsements from Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saina Nehwal, to name a few.

Also watch: All you need to know about diamonds, jewellery | Interview with designer Purva Darda Kothari

Also read: When Lata Mangeshkar got offended by Dilip Kumar and didn’t speak to him for 13 years

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September 30, 2022 | Nagpur News | नागपुर समाचार | Hindi News Bulletin | Nation Next

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September 30, 2022 | Nagpur News | नागपुर समाचार | Hindi News Bulletin | Nation Next

Also Read: Nagpur citizens to revel The Raaas Garba next year!

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Nagpur citizens to revel The Raaas Garba next year!

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The Raaas (2018)

Since The Raaas enchanted and enthralled Nagpur with its quality garba in its first year in 2018, the demand for encore has been reverberating the city. To cater to the huge public demand, the organisers of the king of garbas have decided to continue The Raaas next year on. Like its first year, The Raaas Garba will be presented to Nagpur in association with Nation Next in 2023. Mahesh Kukreja, the key organiser said, “Because of some reasons, we, earlier, thought of giving the event a break.”

He added, “Then COVID-19 struck the world. Now we plan to continue it from next year onwards. While I express my gratitude to Nagpurians to make the event a huge hit, I request the city’s garba revellers to not get fooled as a few garbas are falsely claiming to be The Raaas. We’ll be back next year for sure!”

Also read: Mesmerising sunset hues at Ramtek’s Ambala Lake in Nagpur

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