Plea to restore beacon light on mayors’ vehicles

Camil Parkhe 
Thursday, 13 June 2019

The participants stressed that if not the red beacon light, any other colour beacon light should be restored on the official vehicles of the first citizen of various cities

Pimpri: During a State-level Mayors’ Conference held at Lonavla, the participants urged that a beacon light of any colour may be allowed on the official vehicles of the mayors to reveal their special status. 

The 19th Mayoral Conference held at the hill station on Sunday.

The participants stressed that if not the red beacon light, any other colour beacon light should be restored on the official vehicles of the first citizen of various cities. The conference regretted that the post of the mayor has turned out to be only a ceremonial one, devoid of any kinds of administrative or other powers. 

Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar presided over the one-day conference which was attended by altogether 16 mayors from the State including Pimpri-Chinchwad Mayor Rahul Jadhav.  A Supreme Court ruling issued some years back had banned the use of red beacon light on official vehicles of mayors, senior bureaucrats and others. 

Only vehicles of the police department, ambulances and fire fighting vehicles have been allowed to use special flashing lights to enable them to have the right of way. The red beacon light or any kind of beacon light was most sought after by politicians and senior bureaucrats as it highlighted their special VIP status. The old demand for introducing a pension scheme for mayors was also renewed during the conference. 

Mayor Jadhav said that the next State-level mayoral conference will be held in Pimpri Chinchwad in August, this year. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will be invited to address the mayors, he added.

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