Mumbai: BMC allows housing societies to hold vaccination drives within their premises – ET RealEstate

MUMBAI: Soon, Covid-19 vaccination drives will come to your doorstep. The BMC is permitting housing societies to tie up with private hospitals to hold these drives within their premises, subject to availability of stocks. Hospitals will have to ensure all protocols are followed during the drive.

These vaccines will come at a cost fixed by the government for private hospitals. While some housing societies are already in talks with the BMC, a few others are trying to set up their infrastructure.

Additional municipal commissioner (health), Suresh Kakani told TOI housing societies, industrial complexes, banks and corporates can tie up with any private hospital for doorstep vaccination.

“We have notified 75 private hospitals for vaccination and we can add more as and when they apply. Hospitals will have to take care of the holding area, vaccination and observation area post vaccination and follow all protocols,” Kakani said. “Those who want free vaccination can come to the 227 new centres that the BMC will be setting up. These centres will provide free vaccination and they will be operational once we get enough stock,” he added.

In a mail to residents from across their projects, the Lodha Group stated they are working with the authorities to organise vaccination. A spokesperson said they were getting permissions from the municipal corporations. “We have tied up with local hospitals to procure vaccines,” said the spokesperson.

Mulund’s Atmosphere Housing Society has also reached out to the BMC and BJP MP Manoj Kotak seeking vaccination in their complex. “We have over 700 flats and over 1,500 residents in the society. We can help the BMC set up the vaccination centre in our society and provide manpower for the drive too. This way people won’t have to go out and everyone can get vaccinated,” said Raj Kulkarni, a resident.

Kotak said they had asked the BMC to allow NGOs to carry out vaccination drives in housing societies through tie-ups with hospitals. “This will expedite the pace of vaccination and reduce crowds at vaccination centres,” he said.

On behalf of the 11 societies in Dosti Acres, Wadala, NGO Friends of Wadala East, has requested the developers to make the community hall available for the vaccination drive. “We are also in talks with the BMC. The BMC’s vaccination centres will be overburdened and carrying out these drives at micro level is the only way forward,” said Rahul Daga, chairman of Dosti Lily CHS and secretary of the NGO. They are ready to bear the cost of setting up the infrastructure.

Rajeev Saxena from the Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association said many societies are keen on holding the vaccination drives and are awaiting government orders.



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Mumbai: About 65,000 housing societies’ polls pushed to March 2021 – ET RealEstate

MUMBAI: The existing management committees of the housing societies, that are already enjoying extensions since a couple of years in the absence of election rules and the subsequent Covid-19 pandemic, will govern society affairs at least till March 2021.

A state government ordinance issued recently has given six-months period to constitute the new committee after expiry of either government extension or the five-years term of the managing committee.

There was no such provision earlier as new committee was to be elected before the expiry of outgoing committee, said Ramesh Prabhu, expert in cooperative affairs.

The current three-months extension due to Covid-19 is ending on September 17,2020. So if considered the six months period, unless there is no further extension, at least by March new committees will have to be in place. There are 65000 housing societies in Mumbai metropolitan region.

“This new amendment has been brought in with a view to enable the existing members of the committees of co-operative societies to continue in office until new committees are duly constituted and also to postpone elections to such committees,” said the ordinance.

As per Maharashtra Co-operative Societies Act,1960 and the rules framed thereunder, it is mandatory to conduct elections to the committees of the co-operative societies within specified time- frame. However, due to Covid-19, it is not possible to conduct such elections within the specified time-frame.

Also as per the provisions of sub-section (3) of section 73AAA of the said Act, the term of the elected members of the committee of the co-operative society is five years from the date of their election co-terminus with the term of the committee.

“Provided that, if the election to the Committee of the society could not be held for any reason not attributable to the members of the Committee of such society, the existing members of the Committee shall be deemed to have continued till new committee is duly constituted.

Provided also that, where the election of the Committee of any society which was due but has not been conducted before the date of commencement of the Maharashtra Co-operative Societies Amendment) Ordinance 2020, then election of Committee of such society shall be conducted:

(a) within six months from the date of commencement of the said Amendment Ordinance; or
(b) where the period within which such election should have been conducted is extended by the State Government by general or special order, then within six months from the date on which such extended period expires” the copy of the ordinance said.



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