House adjourned today after fracas on ULCA

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Mumbai, Dec 11 (UNI) The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation was adjourned today after the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena shouted slogans against the Congress-run State Government's decision to repeal the Urban Land Ceiling Act (ULCA).

Leader of the House, Sunil Prabhu raised the issue and said that repealing the Act would affect the city very badly and will burden the Corporation in providing basic amenities.

Leader of the Opposition in BMC, Rajhans Singh, in his speech, said that the Sena-BJP government in 1997 and 1999 had tried unsuccessfully to repeal the Act.

Mr Singh was stopped mid-way after corporators from the Shiv Sena shouted slogans against the State Government.

Mayor Shubha Raul tried in vain to pacify corporators from both the sides and said that many important issues concerning the city need to be addressed.

The House was adjourned for fifteen minutes by Dr Raul and after it resumed, things were the same with the Congress and Shiv Sena corporators shouting slogans against each other, preventing any discussion.

Speaking to reporters, Standing Committee Chairman Ravindra Waikar said, ''The repeal of the Act will free more than 300 acres land for the builders in the city, which will increase the population by five million and the corporation does not have the means to provide basic amenities.'' UNI

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