Ponda municipal council seeks time to reply to notice of directorate of municipal administration

The Ponda municipal council (PMC) on Thursday sought time from the directorate of municipal administration (DMA) to reply to its showcause notice.

The DMA had issued the notice to PMC on November 8, asking the council why it should not be dissolved for failing to tackle the town's garbage issues.

The council had been asked to file its reply within eight days, which ends on Friday. While a provisional reply has been readied, the PMC has sought time to submit its final reply, civic body officials said.

PMC chairperson Rukmi Dangui said that since the dissolution of the council would affect every councillor, a special meeting of the 13-member council has been scheduled for November 19.

"We will discuss and decide our course of action against the notice then," she told TOI.

Calling the notice "politically motivated", she alleged it had been issued without following proper procedure, and that the PMC would challenge this in a court of law.

Chief officer Pradip Naik said he has informed the DMA that he has consistently ensured that Ponda town, especially its streets, have been kept clean regularly. [TOI]