Belapur: Legislator Ganesh Naik in his weekly stock-taking meeting with Abhijit Bangar, the municipal commissioner of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation on October 12 demanded the permanent regularization of the weather sheds erected on building rooftops to secure structures from water seepage, stepping up of measures to control pollution in the city, augmentation of ICU beds and facilities for the feared increase of COVID-19 cases during the oncoming winter, permission to keep shops open till 11 p.m. and hotels till midnight to avoid crowding caused by the limited time they are allowed to keep open, implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendation for all NMMC official and employees including NMMT and ensuring education to all students who cannot source online education for various reasons.

The civic chief informed that the weather sheds permission has been incorporated in the city’s Development Plan that has been submitted to the State government, the approval for which is expected soon. He also assured that the present 443 ICU beds for COVID treatment is being augmented by 200 more ICU beds. The municipal chief expressed positive response to the issue of extended timings for keeping shops and hotels open but cautioned citizens about following the norms of wearing masks and maintaining physical distance strictly, as the threat of the corona-virus has not disappeared yet. He agreed to start the process for the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. Stating that online education for all X standard students was on, Bangar assured to provide lessons in written form to students of all other classes.